It was one year ago.
Twenty women in the community from different churches sat on picnic tables under a candle-lit shelter at a baseball field. It was on a cool, drizzly September evening, but it didn’t stop hands from joining, heads from bowing, words silent, whispered and called out loud to our God. They were prayers that brought glory and praise to the Creator of all things. Prayers that cried out to our Redeemer for help. Prayers that asked our Protector for protection. Prayers to the Prince of Peace for unity in our community and around the world.
John 17 was prayed.
And it wasn’t just those 20 women praying that night – it was thousands all over the world. That night IF:Pray took place.
IF:Gathering is a ministry whose purpose is to gather, equip, and unleash women in the next generation to live out their purpose through Christ. Some of you at SMC attended the two day IF:Gathering at Elon University this past February and experienced an holy time with the presence of the Holy Spirit and communion with other women in Alamance county.
A few other ways to equip women is to be solely in the Word through IF:Equip, host IF:Tables (more to come!) and once a year invite women from around the world in one night to be in prayer together crying out to our God.
He’ll be listening again as we gather to pray at SMC on September 14, 2015 from 7pm-9pm. Women in our community are invited to join with us this holy evening. Again, we’ll be praying John 17, for God’s people, the world, and for unity and love as the Body of Christ. We’ll be on our knees in confession and we’ll be worshiping.
Not only will we pray with gratitude to our Maker, but there will be hard prayers to pray, too. God doesn’t want us to sweep reality under the rug and ignore what’s happening around us. We need to be desperately asking God’s Spirit to move in the hearts of His people and for us to have the courage and boldness to hold up the Light of the world in our daily lives.
This time of the year is busy for most, but we need everyone to make the time to beg our Savior for delivery and unity, especially because of the conditions of the world these days.
We’d love for you to come. Begging you to.
You can register at www.exporesmc.com and you’re encouraged to invite friends, co-workers, neighbors and family to come with you!
At last year’s IF:Pray, authors and bloggers, Jennie Allen, Ann Voskamp, Rebekah Lyons and Bianca Oltoff, to name a few, wrote prayers for the occasion. Jen Hatmaker was also one who prayed that night, and I want to pray this prayer again. Will you join me in prayer?