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Praying Our Way Forward


Join the Prayer Community for the United Methodist Church

This prayer movement is a response to the Council of Bishops initiative called Praying Our Way Forward. We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. We invite you – clergy and laity, conferences and congregations – across the denomination to pray for God’s guidance.

 In prayer, we can be one in Christ.

Since General Conference 2016, our church has experienced conflict as we navigate rough waters. How can we show God’s great love and mercy to one another as we make decisions?  As we move closer to the special-called session of General Conference, we invite all UMC members, across the denomination to pray and ask for God’s guidance.

Bishops Debra Wallace-Padgett of North Alabama Conference and Bishop Al Gwinn serve as co-chairs of the Praying Our Way Forward movement.  Bishop Wallace-Padgett says, “Our prayer focus is two-fold: We are praying that God will help us to fulfill the mission of the church, and we are praying to be one in Christ. “

If there is ever a place where we can be one, it’s in the space where we meet God.

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4-Minutes of Daily Prayer

The Council of Bishops is encouraging intentional engagement by United Methodists worldwide by asking everyone to pause and pray each day for the special-called General Conference from 2:23 through 2:26 a.m. or p.m.

If this time is not convenient for you, choose to pray at another time, but the council felt praying specifically at 2:23-2:26 p.m. which represent the dates of the special session of General Conference would be a helpful, effective, and unifying discipline for all United Methodists.

Prayer Guide

Invitation: We will begin with a moment of holy silence to allow for centering, settling, and focusing.

Minute #1 Prayer of Adoration
Good and great God, we recognize and celebrate that you are loving, kind, and faithful. You are everywhere in this world and beyond. You are also as close as our next breath. With John Wesley we rejoice knowing, “Best of all, you are with us.”
Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

Minute #2 Prayer of Thanks
God of grace, we thank you that you hear us when we pray and are ever ready and able to act in ways beyond anything we could ask or imagine. Thank you for our brothers and sisters around the world, and especially for those who have offered to serve by attending the special-called General Conference. Thank you for ordering our steps and for preparing a way.

Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

Minute #3: Prayer of Confession
Forgiving God, we confess that we have allowed fear and distrust to place distance between us and our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. Forgive us for making idols of our own thoughts, voices, and opinions. Thank you for forgiving us and for your perfect love that casts out all fear.

Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

Minute #4 Prayer of Asking
God of peace and wisdom, from this time forward, may we walk with you in trust and peace, and with our brothers and sisters in the love and unity you desire. May we truly sing together in harmony a song of praise that draws all to you. Even now, may you bless those who will attend the special-called General Conference, assuring them of your love, filling them with you wisdom, preparing them with your peace. May they and we become more sensitive to the voice of your Holy Spirit, so that all we do will please you and bring you glory.

Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

All of these prayers we offer in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen

Weekly Wesleyan 24-Hour Fast

All United Methodists are invited also to engage in a weekly Wesleyan 24-hour fast from Thursday after dinner to Friday mid-afternoon.

Those who have health situations causing food fasts to be unadvisable might consider fasting from social media, emails or another daily activity.

Helpful Articles About Fasting:

Fasting in the Wesleyan Way

WME.Wesley Prayers for Fasting

Fasting and Freedom 

Fasting

Prayer Resources for Your Church

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