iStock_Man-with-arms-outreachedJUNE 22
THE MORTAR OF THE CHURCH is prayer. And our prayer … is that God will make “all things new,” that God will make me new as well and all those who have likewise longed for and loved God’s appearing. That we who pray to God will be made the people of God at last. That God may take up eternal residence, make eternal dwelling among us!

With our prayer books or empty handed, speaking or silent, on account of the tradition or in spite of it, we pray – and indeed all of humanity prays, whether they know it or not – to see the redemption God has promised. We pray to see the end of the old world and the beginning of the new, the demise of enmity in us and between us, the feast that God will prepare for all people.

– Thomas R. Steagald, A House of Prayer

Where do you see God doing a new thing?  Is it evident in your church and community? How can our prayer shed light and bring life to the “new thing”?

Rev. Dr. Tom Steagald is senior pastor at Hawthorne Lane UMC in Charlotte, NC.

From  A House of Prayer: The Power of Praying in Community. Copyright © 2014 by Thomas R. Steagald. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.