Our 40 Days of Prayer series has been such a blessing as we’ve gathered in small group Bible Studies to learn how to pray in newer, perhaps deeper ways. We took this even further on March’s First Wednesday as we were given the opportunity to use 10 prayer stations as well as the labyrinth that continues to be set up in G004 (off of the gym) through Sunday, March 11. It was a joy to watch people of all ages engage in these together and listen to the voice of God in various hands on experiences.
We aren’t even half-way through this series, so if you haven’t yet had a chance to be involved, please explore our website for materials and jump in at any time. Participating in studies, discussions, and experiences of prayer is always fruitful…communicating with the Lord of the Universe is the most important act in which we can engage.
Another opportunity for powerful prayer will take place this Sunday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. Sometimes, the people Jesus points out as our neighbors are literally in our neighborhood! Living in the Bloomington/Normal area means that we have many, many wonderful employers and a few very large ones. We are grateful for each of them…..large or small. Just as we would pray for those around the globe who are in a time of change and uncertainty, so we are called to pray for those in our own communities in that same situation.
McLean County is a very transient area as folks move in and out due to jobs, school, family, etc. However, we find ourselves at a time right now when those who may have seen themselves as having put down roots in B/N are finding themselves at a certain or possible relocation or even job loss. This brings, of course, much stress on employers, employees, families, and companies and/or organizations that are secondarily rocked by these changes.
Our neighbors are in Buliisa. Our neighbors are in Haiti. Our neighbors are the homeless in Bloomington/Normal. Our neighbors are children. Our neighbors are elderly. And our neighbors are those we know….now and anytime…..who need our prayers. Many of them live in Bloomington/Normal right now. May they know that they are loved, supported in prayer, and in the strong arms of Jesus.
About the Author
Debbie Reese is the Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC