The following excerpt is from a letter Darlene Neckers wrote to the Indiana Conference leaders and clergy seeking prayer during the week of October 15th for the Commission on a Way Forward. As a community of faith we are asking each of you to pray fervently and intentionally that God will direct and guide their work in such a way that God will be glorified and His purposes will be accomplished.
In the Unity of Christ,
Pastor Jason and Pastor Christi
Prayer brings us near to God. It is a vital part of our personal relationship with God. It’s where we give the Lord thanks and praise, seek the will of God, present our requests, release our concerns, receive the Lord’s gracious forgiveness, and channel His power in order to forgive others. Prayer is also an opportunity to draw close to God, affirm our faith, and strengthen our relationship with the God we serve. May we always be grateful for the privilege of spending time this way with God, the Creator of the universe.
Sometimes it is not easy to pray. One of the many superb quotes of Oswald Chambers is, “Prayer is not preparation for the battle, it is the battle.” We do not know what goes on in the spiritual realm when we pray. We do know, however, that when we pray according to God’s will we receive access, through Jesus Christ, into the very presence of God who has authority over all enemies; visible and invisible. Let us put our trust in our Victorious Warrior and go to God in prayer, spending time with Him, and seek His will.
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts. Let us turn our ear to listen for God’s voice and then pray boldly, in Jesus’ name.
Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the Church.
The worldwide United Methodist Church is in prayer for this effort. Our Indiana Conference has been assigned the week of October 15th to focus our prayers on the Commission on a Way Forward. Let us set aside our personal thoughts and agendas, and join together seeking God’s hand in prayer.
Thank you for your faithfulness to pray.
Conference Prayer Coordinator