Jesus was not a stranger to the power of prayer.
In his book, When You Pray: Daily Practices for Prayerful Living, retired Bishop Ruben Job reminds us that the disciples did not ask Jesus to teach them how to tell a parable, multiply the loaves or heal the sick; but they did ask Him to teach them how to pray. The disciples’ request and Jesus’ response is more than a subtle reminder of the importance of prayer for them and for us.
We are traveling as an annual conference into unchartered waters, to places we have never been before. This will require a renewed commitment to pray for one another. I am inviting you to join your extended cabinet to join together as one body, for one minute at 1 p.m. every day. We are calling this prayer initiative Priority One.
Each day we ask that you pray specifically for your congregation, your community, your pastor, your district superintendent, for me your bishop, your annual conference and the larger United Methodist Church.
We are asking you to commit to pray daily at 1 p.m. until Advent, which is about 40 days. There are 120,000 United Methodists in Louisiana. Can you imagine what will happen when 120,000 of us pray for one minute for 40 days? 4,800,000 combined minutes of prayer! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us when we join in concert - praying for one another. I am sure God will accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. Brace yourself--God is at work in you!
Grace and Peace,
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey