The beauty of being a part of the connectional church is that we can call on one another to pray and support each other in prayer. As the 2012 General Conference approaches, it is important to know our prayer foundation is firm and we are connected in a global prayer network.

Prayer is the foundation for Christian discipleship and the essence of United Methodist spirituality. The Wesley brothers taught us “a sincere desire is an authentic prayer.”

Frances Jennings of the Florida Conference and I co-lead the General Conference Prayer Support team that is calling each United Methodist, in every state and nation, to surround and support General Conference in prayer. I am convinced the one thing every United Methodist can do to influence the outcome of General Conference is prayer.

In partnership with The Upper Room, the Prayer Support team is providing “50 Days of Prayer for the General Conference,” a daily prayer resource available free online as an e-pub, e-mail subscription or downloadable PDF at