Lord, Teach Us to Pray

The fall conference for the Free Methodist Church opened; Bishop Keith introduced Sr. Sue Mosteller, formerly of L’Arche Day break in Richmond Hill. Bishop Keith Elford informed us all that even before the conference began and during the three days of conference, the elderly Sisters of St. Joseph had the names of every pastor and leader at conference and were praying for us each by name. What a wonderful word of encouragement.

Bishop Keith also asked a very direct question. “Can we do the same thing?” He was asking, “Can we in our churches pray for other pastors in our community and beyond? Do we believe prayer makes a difference?”

If you answered yes to any of these questions, how do you get started? Look in the phone book for churches and pastors’ names or ask your pastor for a list of other pastors in the community or your denomination. Pray for pastors by name and seek God’s blessings for them. Pray for health, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for God’s vision to be clear and for God’s anointing. As the conference ended we were encouraged to pray for people, churches that we would pass on our way home. As one drives down highway 401, how many truck drivers could be prayed for?

Sister Sue reminded us that prayer is a two way communication. Open your prayer by saying “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

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