Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Can we pray together?

So I had an idea this morning. Could I use this prayer blog as a mechanism for group prayer; a venue to pray with friends--with you? ...

This past weekend I went on a retreat to a camp called Iroquoina in Pennsylvania. It was one of the richest retreats I have been on. My friend Dave, w/ the help of his cousin Di and others, did a fantastic job of coordinating it all. One of the things I so appreciated about the weekend was praying with other Christians in a small group setting on the Sunday, the Global Day of Prayer.

I believe praying with other believers is such a deep form of fellowship. There is just something about it that cannot be found anywhere else. Maybe this is why the early believers spent a lot of time praying together (Acts 2).

... So about praying together here, on this prayer blog; the following verse comes to mind:
"Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."Matthew 18:19-20
Can we agree in prayer together here, on this blog? I think we can.

I am going to begin a prayer below. Perhaps you could (1) if you agree with the content of the prayer, pray along as you read and (2) continue the prayer by writing another prayer in the comment section.

I will love it if this works.
Dear Lord: thank you for being accessible through prayer. Thank you for being able to listen to the prayers of millions of people at the same time, as you did on the Global Day of Prayer on Sunday. Father, as your Word says in 2 Chronicles 4:17, and as millions prayed on Sunday, "forgive our sin and heal our land." Do that in my life, Lord. Help me to increasingly reject evil and to yearn for righteousness. Make me meek, humble and gentle. Give me a sense of urgency and peace that passes understanding at the same time. Help me not to be in so much of a hurry that I miss divine moments and opportunities. Give me times of being still and knowing that you are God, while connecting me with the reality of the needs around me, and the needs that are far away. Then show me my role and give me the courage to step out and obey and keep going. Father, bring me to a place where I yearn and long for you more than anything else, where prayer and communion and fellowship with your Spirit is truly my passion and life. Amen.
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JULY


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14-15 Tue-Wed l'ship retreat (+ below)
14 Tue (7:15pm patch prayer mtg)
15 Wed 6pm dinner w/ Peter T & HE + poss. stayover
16 Thu SL
17-19 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Killbear
19 Sun 5pm fun dinner w/ VT - Burlington
20 Mon 8pm Malkutha oversight mtg (VS)
21 Tue 9:30pm time w/ JVDB (+ patch prayer mtg)
23 Thu poss. time w/ DonM/S
24-25 Fri-Sat writing training wknd - Hamilton
28 Tue 10am CCWM board mtg
31 Fri eve time w/ J/BA+

SEPTEMBER
2-3 Sun-Mon new-staff retreat - Faith Mission
3-7 Tue-Fri VT retreat - Faith Mission
21 Fri MI in-person board mtg
22-23 Sat-Sun poss. visiting AR/UJ+
27 to Oct 3 Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day

OCTOBER
... Oct 3 (see above) Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day
5-8 Fri-Mon Thanksgiving long weekend (Mon stat. hol.)
15 to Nov 15 Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India

NOVEMBER
(speaking at Pastor Y's church)
... Nov 15 (see above) Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India
17 Khev's conf
23 Fri MI online board mtg
29 ~J's dad's b'day (poss. party on 30th)

DECEMBER
29: KH/S wedding

2019 on
Feb 15-18: MIer conference
Feb 16: Sat - 10-yr anniv
Feb 18-22: VT retreat
Feb 22-30: time off (poss. Southern Africa)
Apr 1-3: poss. First Chair retreat
May 10, 10am: CCWM board mtg
Jun 15: poss. Prayer Journey (poss. Australia); poss. visit supporters
Jun 25-29: poss. marketplace conf. - Manila
Dec: likely Indonesia