God Moving At Maranatha
AS YOU BREATH, PRAY
In our church’s vision document, Join the Journey, we express that we want prayer at Maranatha to be “as natural as breathing”. In other words, we want prayer to take place in our church community constantly and reflexively. Just as breathing is vital for the human body, we believe prayer is vital for the life and health of our church body. That is why I am excited to see how God is continuing to deepen and expand the practice of prayer at Maranatha.
Under the leadership of Deborah Morgante, our Director of Prayer Ministries, this year we resumed having prayer meetings before church services and prayer ministry afterward. We now host prayer gatherings three afternoons and one early morning each week, and we offer healing prayer sessions for those who request them. We are conducting a prayer course. We have designated October as a month of daily prayer for the church, and the Council is inviting the congregation to prayer-walk the church on Wednesday the 19th, beginning at 7:00 pm.
This church year, we are doing something brand new. We hope to have a week of 24/7 prayer leading up to Pentecost Sunday this May. Our aim is to have one or more people praying at the church during every hour of every day for a full week.
When God wants to do something great on earth, He typically starts by stirring His people to pray. When I see this reawakening of prayer at Maranatha, it explains to me why so many good things are happening in our church community, and it makes me excited for what’s still to come.
Jesus taught us that we “should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). He knew that because prayer often does not yield immediate, visible results, we can easily become discouraged in prayer. But I encourage you to keep on praying—for your family, for the church & for the world. As Alfred Lord Tennyson famously wrote: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Pastor Tom