Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
A Call To Pray
In 2020 our world, as we knew it, changed. Churches across America were suddenly closed, and while at first it seemed the shutdowns would be temporary, we soon learned otherwise. Many of these churches scrambled to provide accommodation by moving their services online. While the benefit of this meant people had access to more online sermons and teachings than ever, the fellowship aspect for most church goers all-but-disappeared. It was obvious that people were hurting and afraid, and yet the churches were not meeting their needs. They were thinking about their leading their sermons, but not their sheep.
Thus, the idea to start a small, Christian, call-in prayer group sprung to mind. We invited friends and neighbors using apps like Nextdoor. We also participated in the 2020 and 2021 10 days of prayer (leading up to the Days of Awe) and helped by leading prayer groups for other churches and Christian-based nonprofits.
We have prayed for courage, strength, patience, and healing. We have prayed for our churches, our marriages, our families, our homes and our nation.
Continuing To Answer The Call
Most churches have fully reopened for in-person worship again, yet sadly, many do not offer dedicated and accessible prayer support to their congregants. What do we mean by accessible? It means having a clear and obvious way to share your prayer requests, in a timely and open way, with a clear and obvious response to those requests. Some churches offer a prayer request sign-up sheet with their program handouts. Some churches suggest you share your prayer request with an elder or deacon. Some churches solicit prayer requests at the end of their church service, in the last 5-10 minutes. In other words, let's hope you know who to talk to and that they can fit your prayer in before the service ends. This can have devasting effects on people who are in need. They may feel isolated and uncared for, and that is no reflection of Christ
Our hope is that every Believer will have access to a dedicated prayer group. If you agree and see this amazing service to God and His people lacking, consider starting a prayer group of your own. To help you get started, check out the Start a Prayer Group page.