Beginning February 23, delegates from around the world will gather in St. Louis for a special called session of the United Methodist General Conference. As the conference meets, we are joining with others across the denomination to keep the delegates and the work of the conference surrounded in prayer. You’re invited to join us in using the following Scriptures recommended by our District Superintendent, Angela Pleasants, and other prayers to guide you in praying over these days.
You can learn more about the General Conference and follow the proceedings live by clicking here. You can also visit www.umcprays.com for more resources to guide your prayers for the faith and unity of the church.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen. -Archbishop William Laud
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21
O God, whose will it is that all your children should be one in Christ: we pray for the unity of your Church. Pardon all our pride and our lack of faith, of understanding and of charity, which are the cause of our divisions. Deliver us from our narrow-mindedness, from our bitterness. Save us from considering as normal that which is a scandal to the world and an offence to your love. Teach us to recognize the gifts of your grace among all those who call upon you and confess the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord. – Liturgy, Reformed Church of France
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. – James 1:5
O God, we are one with you.
You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,
you dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness
and to fight for it with all our hearts.
Help us to realize that there can be no understanding
where there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another
wholeheartedly, fully, completely,
we accept you,
and we thank you,
and we adore you,
and we love you with our whole being,
because our being is your being,
our spirit is rooted in your spirit.
Fill us then with love,
and let us be bound together with love
as we go our diverse ways,
united in this one spirit
which makes you present in the world,
and which makes you witness to
the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious.
– Thomas Merton
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
O God who has called men and women in every land to be a holy nation, a royal priesthood, the Church of your dear Son; unite us in mutual love across the barriers of race and culture, and strengthen us in our common task of being Christ and showing Christ to the world he came to save. Amen. – John Kingsworth