Prayer for the Commission on a Way Forward

 

CALL TO PRAYER FOR COMMISSION ON A WAY FORWARD

Prayer brings us near to God. It is a vital part of our personal relationship with God. It's where we give God thanks and praise, seek the will of God, present our requests, release our concerns, receive the Lord’s gracious forgiveness, and channel His power in order to forgive others. Prayer is also an opportunity to draw close to God, affirm our faith, and strengthen our relationship with the God we serve. May we always be grateful for the privilege of spending time this way with God, the Creator of the universe.

Sometimes it is not easy to pray. One of the many superb quotes of Oswald Chambers is, "Prayer is not preparation for the battle, it is the battle." We do not know what goes on in the spiritual realm when we pray. We do know, however, that when we pray according to God's will we receive access, through Jesus Christ, into the very presence of God who has authority over all enemies; visible and invisible. Let us put our trust in our Victorious Warrior and go to God in prayer, spending time with Him, and seek His will. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts. Let us turn our ear to listen for God’s voice and then pray boldly, in Jesus' name.   

The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the Church.   

The worldwide United Methodist Church is in prayer for this effort. Our Indiana Conference has been assigned the week of October 15th to focus our prayers on The Commission on a Way Forward. Let us set aside our personal thoughts and agendas, and join together seeking God's hand in prayer.

Each church can decide on their own plan of individual and corporate prayer and fasting during this designated week. Please inform prayer coordinators and prayer warriors in your congregations. Also, please announce this request during your services the weekend of October 7 and 8, as well as October 14 and 15. May we cover this mission in prayer during the entire week, starting October 15.

Thank you for your faithfulness to pray.

Darlene Neckers, Conference Prayer Coordinator 

Information and a downloadable PDF on The Commission on a Way Forward can be found at umc.org/wayforward.


Prayers for the Week of October 15 - 21 Bulletin Insert

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October 3

We do not know what goes on in the spiritual realm when we pray. We do know, however, that when we pray according to God's will we receive access, through Jesus, into the very presence of God, who has authority over all enemies; visible and invisible. Let us put our trust in our Victorious Warrior and pray.  Spend time with Him and seek His will. Listen for His ways
and thoughts and pray boldly, asking in the powerful name of Jesus.

October 10

The Commission on a Way Forward has the responsibility to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the Church. Our responsibility is to pray for them.  All of us are important in this process.  Let us allow God to search our hearts and lead us in our prayers. May God be glorified!

                       Almighty God, help us to trust you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

October 15


Lord, we worship you as King of kings and Lord of lords. Thank you that your ways are perfect. We thank you for the members of the Commission on a Way Forward. Please guide them in the great responsibility they carry for the future of our denomination. As they seek you in truth, give them your path of wisdom. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

October 16


Thank you, Lord, that you are near to all who call upon you in truth. We ask that the Commission on a Way Forward pour out their hearts and emotions before you, as we do the same. Please remove any fear and give us all a new depth of understanding and love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

October 17


Help us all, Lord, do our part in keeping peace with one another. We ask that your peace fill each member of the Commission on a Way Forward as they seek you. Renew a right spirit in us all. In Jesus' name. Amen.

October 18


God, we ask that all 32 members of the Commission on a Way Forward obey your leading as they draw up plans to present to the Bishops for their November meeting. May your will be done. In Jesus' name. Amen.

October 19


Dear God, we trust you with the future of our denomination. Only you know the way we should go. Help us all to be aware of your constant presence as we wait upon you for answers. We want you to be glorified. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen. 

October 20


Lord, we pray for the next meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward-- October 30 through November 1. We pray for each member to sincerely seek you. Please give them wisdom and clarity. In Jesus' name. Amen.


October 21


Lord, remind us to continue to pray for the Commission on a Way Forward.  Our desire is to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for hearing our prayers and answering according to your perfect will and in your timing.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Additional information and resources may be found at inumc.org/awayforward.