Jesus promised that his Father’s house would be a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17; Isaiah 56:6-7). The Lord also promises that joy would be a primary characteristic of His house (Isaiah 56:6-7).
Our Prayer Guide series continues in May as we journey toward Pentecost (June 5th and 50 days after Easter) We will explore prayer using Lectio (a slow, rhythmic reading and praying of a Scripture passage) and Audio Divina (a form of meditation where we invite the movement of the Spirit through a piece of music rather than speaking through a text).
- NEW: Sign up to receive daily (May 12-22) email reminders and resources to guide you through that day’s prayer practice.
- View the entire guide on our website at your own pace.
- Pick up a printed Prayer Guide in the Narthex.
About Community UMC's Prayer Guide
What is the Prayer Guide? The Prayer Guide is a thematic jump-off point for our prayers around big and small things, whether we are rejoicing, celebrating, excited, worried, sick, scared, sad, grieving, trying to adapt, etc. We can join Christians around the globe to pray about urgencies like injustice, violence, war, climate change, refugees, etc. Praying together strengthens our faith and encourages others. When prayer is done regularly, you have a spiritual discipline. This makes space for belief and trust in God to become active gratitude and willing participation in God’s mission to restore and right all the brokenness in the world.
Why should I pray? Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. It’s an adventure for your whole lifetime! We nurture a relationship with God like we do with good friends. We invite God into our messy, everyday lives in our families, workplaces, church, community, projects, plans, activities and interests. We get used to doing it in “all kinds of weather” and for others besides ourselves.
Why participate now? It’s never too late to start. You will be in solidarity with others who say: we are God’s children and belong to a family here at CUMC that is interdependent. We are imitating Jesus, our Lord, when we care for each other, the world and all God’s creation.
How much time will it take? You decide. Whether you set aside five minutes or fifty, it’s an opportunity for our church to be together and grow deeper as a family of faith (also known as the body of Christ) with intention and attention.
What do I get out of it? The more often we have prayer-versations with God, the easier it becomes to see how God is part of everything, that we are blessed and that we can be blessings for others. That’s a lot!