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.