Friday, May 2, 2008

National Day of Prayer

Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer across our nation. A group of Pastors called "Pray Rowlett" put together a nice day of prayer opportunities. Rev. Steven Leatherwood opened his church , Rowlett First Baptist, to the public to come in and pray as a PowerPoint presentation scrolled giving guidance for those who wanted it. 12 pastors volunteered to be there in one hour increments from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. I took the 2-3 p.m. slot and one person came to pray during that time.

The day concluded at Church in the City with the Catalyst band, Fusion, leading worship for an all city prayer service. We focused on the Biblical mandate to pray, postures of prayer, prayer for our nation, state, and city.

I was seated between two of our African American pastors as we were instructed to hold the hand of the person next to us as we prayed for our neighbors. It was powerful to stand between these two men and pray for racial reconciliation. It was a beautiful moment in God's presence.

On a slightly lighter note, we have done two of these community services since I have been a part of "Pray Rowlett". Each time I have done my portion on the stage I have followed Bishop Miller, who is one of the most charismatic, awe inspiring stage personalities I have ever seen in person. Energy oozes out of this man and it is contagious. I made a few jokes about being the new guy in town and how next year somebody else needs to be the one to follow him.

I have never been a part of a joint effort to celebrate the National Day of Prayer and it is something I hope to do each year .

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