Prayer is a response of humanity to the divine. Within the Christian Community, prayer is seen as a way of connecting with God.
John Wesley, the leader of the early Methodist Movement, wrote:
God’s command to “pray without ceasing” is founded on the necessity we have of God’s grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air. Whether we think of; or speak to, God, whether we act or suffer for God, all is prayer, when we have no other object than God’s love and the desire of pleasing God. All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping, is prayer, when it is done in simplicity, according to the order of God, without either adding to or diminishing from it by his own choice. Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things. In souls filled with love, the desire to please God is a continual prayer. (from A Plain Account of Christian Perfection)
As Christian thought progresses, here are some considerations. Prayers can come in many types, shapes, sizes – formal, informal, liturgical, personal. There is no right or correct way to pray – you can pray in anger; you can pray for healing; you can pray in joy; you can pray for peace. Does your prayer reflect your theology? Do you have to believe in God to pray? If you don’t pray or don’t “feel” anything from prayer, does that mean something is wrong or that you don’t have belief in God? Prayer won’t change anything about God – prayer changes you. God only does what God can do in any particular situation. In some of our darkest places – where the pain, loss, addiction, suffering is overwhelming – the best prayer that may be offered is the one that cannot be prayed.
You can join the Flat Rock UMC Prayer Community by sending a blank email. Once you have joined this community you can automatically post your prayer requests to the rest of the community – which is moderated and not open to the public. Basic guidelines & instructions:
- Once your membership is approved you can begin sending prayer requests to the community.
- To send a request you’ll address your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the Subject Line ONLY put the name(s) of those requests: ex. J. Smith, Mom, Co-worker, etc.
- In the body of your email you may share whatever information you and the person listed in the subject line is comfortable with being shared. It is not necessary for you to put anything in the body of your email. You can leave it blank as long as there’s some “name” in the subject line.