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Prayers from our General Conference Delegates

We shared prayers from the Tennessee Conference delegates (and alternates) on social media as the General Conference observed a day of prayer on Saturday, Feb. 23. We encourage you to continue to pray these prayers with them throughout the special session.

Rev. Jacob Armstrong

O God, We need you this hour and every hour. As we turn our hearts to you, we ask that you would speak to us spirit unto spirit, deep unto deep. We trust you and we listen. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Jim Allen

Lord, I’m scared of doing anything that will hurt your church or your children, and I’m confused by all voices that are coming at me.  I will listen as hard as I can for the soft, still voice of your Holy Spirit. I pray for your wisdom and guidance in St. Louis, and everywhere.  In Jesus’ Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Jackson Henry

God, as we open our hearts and minds in a spirit of discernment, help us all to remember not to trivialize your holy Scriptures by only considering them to be a rule book. Challenge us to accept them for what they are- a series of writings that can open doors that lead to life. Strengthen us, that we may be courageous by opening ourselves to a new way of understanding them in the light of your love for the world. We, your church, long to live together, joined in the love of Jesus Christ and the transforming power of your Spirit. May it be so.

Holly Neal

Your Holy Spirit joins us in prayer in St. Louis, in Tennessee and all over the World. We commit our way to the LORD as delegates and as United Methodist. We trust You, Jesus, and we trust that You will act during these next few days. Our desire is that Your will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We know that nothing is too hard for You. We commit to be still before You and we wait patiently for You to speak. We will not fear as we wait. You are our refuge and strength. We join together in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

Rev. Harriet Bryan

Gracious and loving God, we give you thanks that, out of all of the ways you could choose to be made known in this world, you choose to be made known through us as imperfect as we are.  Open our hearts, minds, and spirits to your presence and your guidance; give us wisdom and insight that is greater than our own; grant us the grace to hear your voice and to follow your leading.  Please. We offer this prayer in the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

Joy Lewter

Lord, we praise your name and are thankful for your love and grace.  As we discern your will for the United Methodist Church, we ask that your Holy Spirit will wash over us.  Help us, Lord, to feel your love even when our differences come to light. Please give all of us a Sweet, Sweet Spirit so that Christian hospitality will be experienced in our conferencing.  May we see Jesus and feel his presence in the days ahead. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

Connie Clark

As we gather with our United Methodist sisters and brothers in St. Louis, we remember that Paul told us; “Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together.” (Ephesians 4:2-3). We beseech you this week to lead us forward with love; help us to be patient and tolerant with one another in our thoughts, words, and actions; and help us to be always humble and gentle as we seek to discern the way forward in unity for the church that we all love. We ask all these things so that we may honor our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rev. Cherie Parker

Gracious and loving God, you have been our help in ages past; you are our hope for years to come. As your people called United Methodists gather from all over the world for this Special General Conference, may each one present trust in your life-giving Spirit moving among them. Open hearts and minds to listen for your wisdom and guidance, for we know you, God, are able to make a way where there is no way. And may all remember that there is truly nothing that can separate anyone from your love made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Angela Overstreet

Father, we know that You have heard our cries, our fears, our anxieties, and our longings for Your direction in this very moment.  May the Holy Spirit guard our minds and strengthen us. In Your presence there is peace. May we glorify You above all else. Amen.

Rev. Bryan Brooks

Gracious God, be patient with your people and your church.  Open our hearts and minds to the movement of your Holy Spirit.  And in your mercy, help us put our instincts and passions aside, so that listening for your word and your will may be our first priority.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

George Brown

Thankful for the Methodist Church and the privilege of Serving God through our Church! Praying for God to give all delegates wisdom, compassion, understanding, and unconditional love and faith that it is in God’s Hands! This Conference is too big for humans to handle alone, so let us all rely on God! May the Holy Spirit blow through St Louis as it did at Pentecost and renew our Church! To God be the Glory!

Rev. Stephen Handy

This day let us be one body awakened by your sanctifying grace. We, your beloved church surrender to the gift of your Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom. Lead us to be the people who place love over law, grace over hate, humility over arrogance, your will over our way, and peace over anxiety. Remind us that this is your church and we are your people. Gracious and Loving God, This day let us be one body awakened by your sanctifying grace. We, your beloved church surrender to the gift of your Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom. Lead us to be the people who place love over law, grace over hate, humility over arrogance, and peace over anxiety. Remind us that this is your church and we are your people. Grant us grace beyond our knowledge and position us to be vessels of your peaceable kingdom now. Show us your way as opposed to us creating a way forward. Disrupt us all so that the unity of your body and the evidence of your grace will be known and acknowledged. We need you now! Thank you for another day’s journey of faith! In the name of Jesus, we pray! Amen.