February 22, 2019

A Prayer for Today

from Sandra Steiner Ball

resident Bishop of The West Virginia Conference
of The United Methodist Church 

Gracious and loving God, please watch over those who are traveling to St. Louis today for the special called session of General Conference. For the delegates who are traveling from around the world, give them the assurance that you are with them. Give them hearts of peace in order that they may hear your voice and see your presence in the brothers and sisters in Christ who are gathering together to seek and discern a way forward for Your Church. 

For the visitors making their way to the Conference, help them to not just be observers or to be present only to support what they believe is the right way, but encourage them to be persons who will pray for our delegates and the Church and for a future where we will again refocus on the mission that Christ gave to the church: to make disciples of all people.  

For the congregations and pastors who watch and wait from home, help them to remember that you, dear Lord, are indeed “alive and go before us, to show and share what love can do.” Your promise is that you will be with us always, even to the end of the ages. Your presence fills us with hope. Your presence with us reminds us of your promise of new life. Your presence empowers us and enables transformation. For this, we can give thanks and praise.  

We are not alone! The best of all: Christ is with us!



Some helpful links:

If your church would like to host a prayer vigil, any time over the next week, there are excellent resources at We invite you to continue to pray from 2:23-2:26 each day.
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To review the schedule, rules, petitions, and reports read the Advanced Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate.


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