In “Intercessory Prayer” Dutch Sheets writes regarding John 7:38, “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. The phrase ‘innermost being’ is the Greek word koilia, which means ‘womb.’ We are the womb of God upon the earth. We are not the source of life, but we are carriers of the source of life. We do not generate life, but we release, through prayer, Him who does.”
George Mueller prayed for a friend to be converted for more than 50 years. When asked if this friend would ever be saved Mueller responded, “How can it be otherwise? I am praying.” When Mueller’s casket was lowered into the ground that friend gave his life to the Lord. George Mueller had, through his persevering prayers, released life into his friend.
May the Free Methodist church be a place that flows with life being released into more and more people because of the many who unite in persevering prayer.
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
We are repeating this week the prayer focus from Febraury 26-March 6 so that we once again pray specifically for the people leading General Conference. Each day two members of the General Conference Steering committee are listed. These leaders will be our focus for the day.
Look up the scriptures listed below. Keep them available throughout the week. Use one or two of them daily to pray for the leaders listed. We encourage you to pray aloud. We serve a God who listens! As you approach these times of prayer ask the Holy Spirit to:
- direct your thoughts to what scriptures to pray over each person.
- direct your prayers to the personal needs of those on the steering committee. Their lives are full, yet they are giving extra to make this special event happen.
- help us know how to pray for their leadership and group unity.
- help increase our love for each one listed — to have a heart of thanksgiving for them and their willingness to serve.
* “Action Prayer”
As you are praying, the Holy Spirit may prompt you to write a note of appreciation to one or several of the committee. Go to www.gc11.org and click on “contact.” Write To: and then the note that was laid on your heart. The message will bless those administrating the site as well as those to whom it is sent.
Scriptures for June 13–19
I Peter 1:15
I John 1:8-2:2
As we pray and listen to the Holy Spirit other scriptures may come to mind — a reference, a portion. Look them up. Often these thoughts are “cues” of direction from the Spirit of prayer.
Monday – June 13th Prayer Task:
Rex Bullock, Chair (Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, St. Petersburg, FL)
Grace Ann Bolton, Coordinator (Special Events Coordinator at Spring Arbor University)
Tuesday – June 14th Prayer Task:
Ruth Logan, University Liaison (Vice President for Administration at Roberts Wesleyan College)
Lou Mingous, Registrar (Administration and Finance at the World Ministries Center)
Wednesday – June 15th Prayer Task:
Larry Roberts (Businessman and chair of the denomination Board of Administration)
Bishop David Roller
Thursday – June 16th Prayer Task:
Bishop Matt Thomas
Bishop David Kendall
Friday – June 17th Prayer Task:
Jason Archer (Executive Director of FM Communications)
Art Brown (Executive Director of FM World Missions)
Saturday – June 18th Prayer Task:
Dale Hill (Executive Director of FM Administration and Finance)
Janet Duncan (Executive Secretary to the Board of Bishops)
Barb Fox (Assistant for GC Planning)
Sunday – June 19th Prayer Task:
Nikki Roller (Secretary to Bishop Roller)
Karen Roberts (Secretary to Bishop Thomas)
Jennifer Veldman (Mobilization Assistant)
Giving the Lord More of Your Sabbath: Read through the week’s verses and see if any of our leaders come to your mind to pray for again today.
* “Action Prayer”
On occasion there will be an action cue intended to help us incorporate prayer in different ways throughout our day.