This week is our final question from “The Wesley Challenge” and it is “am I enjoying prayer?”
For the past nine weeks we have taken on “The Wesley Challenge” and have sought to answer nine of the 21 questions created by John Wesley and his fellow clergymen as they sought to tend for their own souls and hold one another accountable. The heart of this challenge is for all of us to be asked the question “how is it with your soul” and to be able to answer this question honestly. As we end this sermon series this Sunday, my hope is that we will continue to ask ourselves questions that help us grow in our faith and “watch over one another in love.”
Prayer is a gift from God. It is how we communicate with God and a way that we can practice our faith. Chris Folmsbee, author of “The Wesley Challenge” says, “To ‘enjoy’ prayer is to experience God through realizing and remembering God, self, others, and the world, and at the same time trust the direction God desires for our lives.” This study and our Scripture lessons for this Sunday encourage us in the many ways we can pray for one another. Today we remember that prayer is powerful!
Come to hear more this Sunday as we celebrate a 5th Sunday Joint Worship Service at Sperryville UMC at 11:00 A.M. followed by a potluck lunch at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church.
Prayer: Almighty God, like Esther, help us believe that we can participate in your saving action in the world. Help us to pray with feeling and not apathy. Help us to recognize that you are still fostering healing in the world. Help us to be brave. Help us to pray for one another. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Scripture for this Sunday: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, Psalm 124, James 5:13-20