A Time for Prayer || guest blog by Connie Milchling

This time of year, we begin seeing and hearing information about the National Day of Prayer. Many people ask if Living Word is participating in the event. The answer is “yes,” but in a creative way that is unique to us. First, a little history.

The National Day of Prayer was formed by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on April 17, 1952 and every president since has signed a proclamation to keep it going. In 1988, President Reagan established the first Thursday of May as the official recurring date that recognizes how prayer brings people together. This year, when the theme of UNITY was announced, I couldn’t help but wonder: Why just one day, and why only America? What if we expanded the length of time to multiple days and enlarged the reach to the world God loves so much? What if we created a prayer experience that would allow time for more people to come and pray?

As I began sharing this idea with other leaders and key ministry partners it made sense. And so, it is with great joy that the Prayer Ministry at Living Word invites you to join us for A Time for Prayer. This self-guided experience will provide the opportunity to slow down and consider: A Heart Like His. Our theme surrounds the emphasis of unity and maturity in the Body of Christ, found in Ephesians 4:1-6, and is designed to provide a quiet space for you to talk with God as you pause at stations to thoughtfully consider:

  • What does unity look like from God’s perspective?
  • How do I help cultivate unity and promote peace?
  • What does Jesus pray for?
  • How do I develop A Heart Like His?

Starting Monday, April 30, and continuing through Thursday, May 3, the prayer experience begins in Assembly Room 400 and travels through the prayer room to the lobby. We suggest bringing a Bible, or Bible app, and journal with you and allowing 30 to 45 minutes to complete the stations. Discover details on times, parking, etc.

We realize that our busy lives seldom provide time for focused prayer, but want to encourage you to let this week be different and cordially invite you to take time (make time) to get to Living Word for this brand new prayer experience.