Today’s Prayer Post

Compassion at the Heart

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

JUNE 14, 2018 Compassion lies at the heart of the authentic Christ-following life. Any spiritual experience – whether it be one of solitude and silence, prayer and fasting, or worship and celebration – that does

Praying Our Way Forward

June 10th, 2018|0 Comments

JUNE 10, 2018 As we enter this second week of prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church, numerous Annual Conferences are meeting. During these events, the Annual Conference will

Prayer and Fasting

June 8th, 2018|1 Comment

JUNE 8, 2018 Our prayers are often crippled because we do not support them by fasting. In Matthew 6, Jesus clearly taught an inexorable relationship between the two. Indeed, the “closet” in which effective praying

Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward Begins Today

June 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

JUNE 3, 2018 Dear Friends: Beginning this week and continuing through February 2019, the UMCprays.org website will provide a weekly post encouraging you to pray for our church and its leaders.   Each weekly post

A Prayer for Love and Grace

May 30th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 30, 2018 Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will – all that I have and call my own. You have given it all to me, Lord,

The final week of Praying Our Way Forward, Phase 2

May 27th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 27, 2018 Together we join in the Lord’s Prayer with Bishop Gaspar João Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area Central Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week

Do One Thing for Your Church

May 25th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 25, 2018 Do One Thing for Your Church* Watch for children and youth who are visiting your church and try to make them feel welcome. Ask some church friends or your family (or both)

A Breath Prayer

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 23, 2018 I decided I wanted to try a new prayer practice. I began saying the Jesus Prayer repeatedly at various times of the day. Christians have been reciting this prayer for over a

Praying with Bishop Torio and the Baguio Episcopal Area

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 21, 2018 Together we join in the Lord’s Prayer with Bishop Peter Torio and the people of the Baguio Episcopal Area, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week

A Psalm Prayer for the 7th Week of Easter

May 18th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 18, 2018 As we approach Pentecost Sunday, May 20th, and conclude the final two weeks of phase 2 of the Council of Bishop's Praying Our Way Forward Initiative, we join in this prayer written

Praying with the Wesley Brothers

May 16th, 2018|0 Comments

A Word from John Wesley* Hence may appear the extreme mischievousness of that seemingly innocent opinion, that there is no sin in a believer; that all sin is destroyed, root and branch, the moment a

Pray with Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo and the North Katanga Episcopal Area

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 14, 2018 Together we join in the Lord’s Prayer with Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo and the people of the North Katanga Episcopal Area Central Conference as we “Pray Our Way Forward” for the week

Standing In The Need of Prayer

May 9th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 9, 2018 Bishop Ken Carter, The Bishop's Blog, 4/30/2018 With some regularity, I receive communications—letters, links to blogs, statements—about what is wrong with the church. The church is either not conservative or not liberal

Praying with Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda and the people of East Congo

May 6th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 6, 2018 Together we pray the Lord's Prayer with Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda and the people of the East Congo Episcopal Area Central Conference, “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of May 6-12,

Fifth Week After Easter: Do One Thing for Family

May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 4, 2018 Do One Thing for Your Family* Plan a family picnic in a park or your back yard. Help your family with outdoor chores like planting, watering, and weeding. Make a treat the

We Pray with Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. and the People of Liberia

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

MAY 2, 2018 [Correction: This week we pray with Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. and the people of Liberia.] A Word from John Wesley “But what good works are those, the practice of which you

We Pray with Bishop Kulah and the People of Liberia

April 30th, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 30, 2018 Together we pray the Lord's Prayer with Bishop Arthur Kulah and the people of the Liberia Central Conference, “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of April 29-May 5, 2018. Our Father

Fourth Week of Easter: Do One Thing for Your Neighbor

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

April 27, Friday Do One Thing for Your Neighbors Help a neighbor plant some spring flowers (or plant a few for a neighbor who might not be able to get out). Surprise a neighbor by

We Pray with Bishop Daniel Wandabula and the people of the East Africa Episcopal Area

April 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 22, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Daniel Wandabula and the people of the East Africa Episcopal Area Central Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of April

A Different Kind of Repentance

April 20th, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 20, 2018 A Word from John Wesley I say, repentance rightly understood; for this must not be confounded with the former repentance. The repentance consequent upon justification is widely different from that which is

Praying with the People of Zimbabwe

April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 15, 2018 This week we pray with Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa and the people of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Central Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of

Do One Thing for Your Family

April 13th, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 13, 2018 Do One Thing for Your Family* Take a hike or walk with your family. Help with outdoor chores without being asked. Pick a favorite Bible verse for each family member. Write the

We Pray with Bishop Ciriaco Francisco

April 8th, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 8, 2018 Together we pray with Bishop Ciriaco Francisco and the people of the Manila Episcopal Area of the Philippine Central Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the

Prayer and Action on Behalf of Our Children

April 6th, 2018|0 Comments

April 6, 2018 One of the most important things the United Methodist Church can do is to pray for and guide our children in the love of God and neighbor. This first week after Easter

Easter Monday

April 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

APRIL 2, 2018 This Easter Monday we pray the Lord’s Prayer with Bishop Kainda Katembo and the people of the South Congo Episcopal Area Central Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way

Lent, Day 40: DIE

March 31st, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 31, 2018 Lent, Day 40: DIE For the final day of Holy Week we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper

Lent – Day 39, Good Friday: GETHSEMANE

March 30th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 30, 2018 For this final Friday of Lent, we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015). Lent -Day

Lent – Day 38: Maundy Thursday

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 29, 2018 For Holy Week, we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015). Lent- Day 38, Maundy Thursday,

Lent – Day 37: BETRAY

March 28th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 28, 2018 For Holy Week, we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015). Lent - Day 37: BETRAY

PALM SUNDAY

March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 25, 2018 Together we pray the Lord’s Prayer with Bishop David Kekumba Yemba of the Central Congo Episcopal Area Central Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week

Lent – Day 33: PRAY

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 23, 2018 For the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015).

Lent – Day 31: Body

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 21, 2018 For the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015).

UMC PRAYER FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

March 18th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 18, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Harald Rückert of the Germany East Central Conferences, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of March 18-24, 2018. Loving God, we

LENT, DAY 27: SIN

March 17th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 17, 2018 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 Sin is a three-letter word that we do not like to

LENT – Day 25: WAY

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 14, 2018 Each Wednesday and Friday of Lent, we offer an excerpt from Pauses for Lent, a book by South African writer and pastor Trevor Hudson. Today is the 25th day of Lent and

We Pray for the Holy Spirit to Guide Us

March 11th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 11, 2018 This week we pray with Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Central Conferences, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of March 11-17, 2018.

Lent-Day 21: Peace

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 9, 2018 Lent-Day 21: Peace. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. " John 14:27 We experience two different kinds of peace. One kind is the peace the world gives.

Lent, Day 19: Poor

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 7, 2018 Each Wednesday and Friday of Lent, we use excerpts from Pauses for Lent, a book by South African writer and pastor Trevor Hudson. Today is the 19th day of Lent and the

Prayer for the United Methodist Church and the Commission

March 6th, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 6, 2018 An invitation to pray by Bishop Mark Webb of the Upper New York Annual Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of March 4-10, 2018.

World Day of Prayer and Lent, Day 15, Peacemaker

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

MARCH 2, 2018 PEACEMAKER "Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9 Despite constant talk of the value of peace, we find very little in this world. Both our public and personal lives reflect our tragic lack

Lent, Day 13, Water

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 28, 2018 For the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, we will use the writings of Rev. Trevor Hudson of South Africa, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015).

Texas Annual Conference Prayer for Monday

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 26, 2018 From Bishop Scott Jones: The Texas Annual Conference continues a week long prayer emphasis for our United Methodist Church, The Commission on the Way Forward, and the Called General Conference set for

A Prayer for Unity in the Body of Christ

February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 25, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Annual Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of February 25-March 3, 2018. For additional information

Pray for Protection of the Members of the Commission

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 24, 2018 For Protection of the Members of the Commission Holiest One, blaze the way and make your path clear with signposts and ebenezers and burning bushes and heart tugs, if you will. Keep

Pray for Protection of Vulnerable Constituencies

February 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 For Protection of Vulnerable Constituencies Gracious and Loving God, we marvel at your loving care for all people. As the Commission on a Way Forward continues its work, open us to grace,

Pray for the Protection of the Core Tenents

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

February 22, 2018 Generous and grace-filled God, help us remember who we are. As United Methodists, make us agents of your grace and giving. Remind us that the whole world is our parish. Everywhere we

Prayer for the Unity of The United Methodist Church

February 21st, 2018|0 Comments

February 21, 2018 For the Protection of the Unity of The United Methodist Church God of peace and unity, we come humbly and gratefully into your presence. We come to you with minds full of

Prayer for Protection of the Integrity of the Process

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 18, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Annual Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of February 18-24, 2018. Bishop Jung and the

Lent, Day 4, Prayer for Unity

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 17, 2018 Glory Revealed through UNITY. For additional resources from The Upper Room for all of Lent, click here. Scripture: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those

Lent, Day 3, Prayer for Hope

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

February 16, 2018 Glory Revealed through HOPE. For additional resources from The Upper Room for all of Lent, click here. Scripture: “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it

Lent, Day 2, Prayer for Love

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Glory Revealed through LOVE. For additional resources from The Upper Room for all of Lent, click here. Scripture: Above all things, have unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude

Lent, Day 1, Ash Wednesday

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Glory Revealed through REPENTANCE. For additional resources from The Upper Room for all of Lent, click here. Scripture: “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your

Glory Revealed through OBEDIENCE

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 13, 2018 Glory Revealed through OBEDIENCE Scripture: “This is love: that we live according to his commands. This is the command that you heard from the beginning: live in love.” (2 John 1:6 CEB)

Glory Revealed through HUMILITY

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 Glory Revealed through HUMILITY Scripture: He must increase, but I must decrease. The one who comes from above is above all. (John 3:30-31a) He guides the humble in what is right and

Glory Revealed through SEEKING

February 11th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 11, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference and her team,* leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of February 11-17, 2018.

Family Prayer and Action

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 Do One Thing for People in Need* Skip snacks this week and donate the money you would have spent on them to an agency that helps people in need. Collect clothing to

Through Prayer God Gives Strength and Guidance

February 7th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 A Word from John Wesley And at the same time that we are justified, yea, in that very moment, sanctification begins. In that instant we are ‘born again’, ‘born from above’, ‘born

Come Holy Spirit

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 4, 2018 A prayer by Bishop David Alan Bard of the Michigan Episcopal Area, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of February 4-10, 2018. Come Holy Spirit. 

Do One Thing for Your Family

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

FEBRUARY 2, 2018 Do One Thing for Your Family* Volunteer to help your father or mother with a job they normally do alone. Contact a family member who lives far away. Pray for each member

All That Christ Has Done

January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 31, 2018 A Word from John Wesley Justification is another word for pardon. It is the forgiveness of all our sins, and (what is necessarily implied therein) our acceptance with God. The price whereby

Love and Lead

January 28th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY  28, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Mike Lowry of the Central Texas Annual Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of January 28 - February 3, 2018.

Do One Thing for Our Neighbor

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 26, 2018 Do One Thing for Your Neighbor Help a neighbor with a job that may be difficult for him or her. Pick up litter you see in your neighborhood. Pray for a neighbor

Christian Unity in the Wesleyan Way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 24, 2018 A Word from John Wesley If we take this [salvation] in its utmost extent it will include all that is wrought in the soul by what is frequently termed ‘natural conscience’, but

Continued Prayer for Christian Unity

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 23, 2018 This week we join with Bishop Benjamin Boni and the Côte d'Ivoire Central Conference of the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of January 21-27, 2018. Together

Join in Prayer for Christian Unity

January 19th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 17, 2018 The Council of Bishops is urging all United Methodists to join with other Christians throughout the world to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity promoted by the World Council

Salvation is the Entire Work of God

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 17, 2018 A Word from John Wesley And first let us inquire, What is salvation? The salvation which is here spoken of is not what is frequently understood by that word, the going to

In Christ All Things Hold Together

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY  14, 2018 A prayer by Bishop Lawson Bryan of the South Georgia Annual Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of January 14-20, 2018. Lord of all,

Do One Thing for the Sick

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

JANUARY 12, 2018 Do One Thing for People Who Are Sick Make a card to cheer up someone you know who’s sick. Check with the volunteer coordinator at your local hospital to see if they