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Praying Differently this Sunday

Hello Church,

I am planning to do something out of the ordinary this Sunday and I thought it best to warn you in advance (some people don’t like change – or so I hear:-).

During the time in the worship service usually dedicated to the “pastoral prayer” I plan to lead the congregation in a “concert of prayer” instead.

Here is how it will work:

I will introduce a topic such as a particular need in connection with the persecuted church (Nov. 13 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church).

After the topic is introduced I will ask everyone in the congregation to pray out loud all at once. This might seem strange to you at first but I would like you to consider a few things.

1) Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ who live throughout the world pray like this all of the time.

2) Our God is big enough to handle all of these prayers coming to Him at once.

3) Hearing the voices of all of the saints crying out to God in prayer helps us to remember that we all have direct access to  the Father.

4) Though we will be praying as individuals there is something about crying out in unison that reminds us that we are the church, the body of Christ, the temple of the Holy  Spirit.

After a couple of minutes I will interrupt the time of prayer and close that particular topic before introducing another.

This will be good for us Emmaus! Come ready for something new and come with boldness this Sunday!

Blessings,

Joe

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