Lift up your Hearts:
A weekly prayer for the Baltimore-Washington Conference from the Appointive Cabinet.
God of Heaven and Earth, of Space and Time, of all that is Seen and Unseen: We, your children, lift our hearts to you in gratitude and thanksgiving. For you are the God of our rest, the source of all our provision, the bringer of truth, and the author of justice. The Heavens declare your glory, the earth your majesty. We are surrounded by signs and wonders that reveal your unfailing love. Yet we are beset by troubles, weary in our striving, and too reliant on our own strength. Renew and revive us, Spirit of God. May we drink of your living water. May we feast at your bountiful table. May we embrace all your children as family. You are our Rock, our refuge. Our one true Home. Amen.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Last week, the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference began a 40-day journey of prayer and weekly fasting as they approach the Nov. 3 election and move through to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The spiritual discipline of fasting has been a practice of many faith traditions for centuries. Fasting from food can serve as a physical reminder to pray, and perhaps to pray more fervently
Each Tuesday, United Methodists are invited by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and the Extended Cabinet to fast from rising up until settling down. Every day, they are being asked to enter into the offices of prayer, beginning the day with Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, saying the Lord’s Prayer at mid-day, and ending the day with the Prayer of St. Francis.
More information and the three daily prayers are on the BWC website.
Letter from the Bishop – November 25, 2020
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.O give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
— Psalm 136:1-2
Grace and peace to you. Today marks our final day of praying and fasting during this 40-day period. It has been a joy to know that we have corporately covered our conference and our nation in prayer.
Thank you for your faithfulness and spirituality. I am grateful for such a committed community of skilled servant workers. I know that prayer makes a difference. Therefore, you made a difference.
May God bless your Thanksgiving, however different it may be this year. We are demonstrating our love through restraint. We’ll never know how many lives are being saved through our discretion, but God knows and God is glorified!
Blessings and peace,