Church family, the global pandemic has turned much of our world upside down. As we enter our third year with the pandemic, our best move is to draw closer to God. Mental health experts advise us to set small goals and celebrate accomplishments along the way. Therefore, this plan that I present covers four months of 2022. Let us navigate the next four months of 2022 focused on God.
This plan was poured into my spirit, as the Prayer Ministry prayed that God would give me and a vision for the way forward. I laid before the Lord and was instructed that we should linger in a four-month season of intense prayer, spiritual obedience, and education.
The Lord led me to this instructive passage from the book of Isaiah.
20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”
This scripture is telling us that hard times will continue, but God is faithful, and your teacher — your pastor, assistant pastors, church leaders, Prayer Team, and Lay Speakers — will point the way forward that God is showing to them.
Below is the plan. Each month contains a focus for our prayers, and a goal for the spiritual direction of the congregation. Each month, there is training for the congregation and education for the leaders. Our Prayer Team will provide a Prayer Calendar in our newsletter to guide the congregation through each month. All are invited to attend telephone Thursday night Prayer Meeting.
Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, we may be able to present some events listed below in person and via Zoom.
The four-month season will be launched with a sermon series on prayer and a Zoom Prayer Class.
Dr. Sheron C. Patterson