Emmanuel Prayer Ministry

A weekly prayer for the Baltimore-Washington Conference from the Appointive Cabinet.

Gracious and compassionate God:

We give you thanks and praise for guiding us through this Lent season. 
We confess that we fall short of your expectations in many ways. 
Therefore, we live by your grace and mercy every day.
We ask you to deepen our faith through the spiritual disciplines during this Lent. 
Help us to follow your footsteps through fasting and prayer. 
Encourage us to be more sensitive to the need of the people around us. 

But, most of all, help us to be obedient to your will. 
The Prophet Samuel said, 
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
    as much as in obeying the Lord.
To obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel, 15:22, NIV)

Oh, Lord, not my will, but your will, I shall follow. Amen.

Bishop Easterling Leads Lenten Devotion Wednesday

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling will lead a 15-minute devotional this Wednesday as part of a Lenten Devotional Series by the Council of Bishops on Dismantling Racism. Bishop Easterling’s devotion will focus on the theme, “I Surrender All,” and will include an online video meditation, music, prayer, and questions for reflection.

“We are offering this Lenten Devotion Series on Dismantling Racism in the hope that the church can engage in honest reflection about the realities of racism, colonialism and tribalism. All of these sins persist in the church, our local communities and the world. Lent is the time to humbly acknowledge the reality of racism, colonialism and tribalism, to pray, to learn and ultimately work to reshape our world as it is in heaven,” said Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, who chairs the Council of Bishop’s Task Force to End Racism.

See the Bishop’s devotion when it comes out on Wednesday, and a schedule of future presenters.