The beauty of being a part of a connectional church is that we can call on one another to pray and support each other in prayer. As the 2012 General Conference approaches, it is important to know our prayer foundation is firm and we are connected in a global prayer network. To join with our delegation in support and prayer, we asked them the following: How can we, as an Annual Conference, specifically pray for our delegation as you prepare and participate in the 2012 General Conference session?
We ask that you partner with them in prayer:
Rev. Don Adams
I would encourage those who pray to praise God for the remarkable potential of what God can do through the United Methodist Church and give thanks that, having promised through Jesus to be with us always, that God will be present. That affirmed, I would ask for a filling of the Holy Spirit to bring a powerful presence of holy love, discerning wisdom, clear communication, needed energy, and maximized spiritual gifts and fruit. I would pray, too, for the power of he who is greater than he who is in the world to protect and to prevail. Jesus said that he would build his church. May he have freedom through the faith and obedience of His people to do that in ways that are beyond our ability to think or imagine.
Rev. Robert Beckum
Please pray that the wind of the Holy Spirit would blow across the chaos of General Conference to bring the life and vitality that no legislation or debate can achieve.
Carl Childs, Jr.
My requests for prayers are: in the spirit of Psalm 43:3 “Send us the light and wisdom to guide us in all that we do.” Give each delegate wisdom and discernment. Let General Conference 2012 truly be Holy Conferencing. In all things, may God's will be done. May it be that, when we conclude General Conference 2012, we will have made The United Methodist Church more effective in winning disciples for Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls and the transformation of the world.
Rev. Jim Cowart
First, thank you for praying for us. Please pray for the South Georgia delegates to be “wise as serpents and as harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Jesus gives this directive after saying, “I’m sending you out as sheep among wolves.” Ha! That’s a scary thought. I’m excited about going to General Conference but I do think there will be a wrestling match over the direction of Methodism. Pray for God’s will to be done (it’s not always) and pray for us to speak wisely, strongly, and lovingly toward that end.
We need a "heart change" in our great church. Let's pray for that miracle to take place. I would ask for divine guidance, for discernment to know God's will, and for wisdom in dealing with the issues before us.
I think, first and foremost, I would ask for our Annual Conference to be in prayer for our delegation to have wisdom and discernment surrounding God’s will and direction for The United Methodist Church – the global church! All of the submitted legislative petitions and resolutions have “faces,” stories, and passions behind them, and it can be overwhelming to sift through and discern the impact, consequences and “unintended” consequences that lie with each piece of legislation that stands before us. As we are engrossed in the legislative process and the business of the church, pray that we not become so focused on the “institution” that we cast aside the focus of our true mission and foundation of the Methodist movement – to make disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world – of which the institution of The United Methodist is simply God’s vessel!
Dr. Ben Martin
The issues facing General Conference are both complex and divisive. Those of us entrusted by the Church to make such decisions come from so many different settings and backgrounds that it is difficult for any one of us to see what his best for the whole Church. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring unity in the midst of our diversity and wisdom in the face of our limited understanding. Pray for us to be focused more on what we have in common in Christ than our theological differences. Pray for a Christlike interweaving between grace and truth, courage and compassion. Finally, pray for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength to sustain us for the challenges of these two weeks.
Dr. Bob Moon
Pray we would have the wisdom of Solomon, the courage of Esther, the integrity of Joseph, the energy of Martha, and the heart of Mary. Ask our Father to help us “speak the truth in love.” And pray that we would have ears to hear our brothers and sisters—and above all to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
I would like the conference members to pray that our delegation will have guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit while reviewing petitions and resolution to be discussed and voted up or down. Many hours will be involved, and our delegation needs prayer for stamina and encouragement as we will be working long hours each day and night pouring over the ones that will make our church more Christlike and pushing back any ungodly petitions that could destroy our denomination. Prayer works; don't forget to pray daily for our delegation. We will need it.
“(Our) hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness; (We) dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ, the solid Rock, (we) stand; All other ground is sinking sand.” Pray that we would lean wholly on Jesus' name so that each and every decision we make be a means of “making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Pray that we would speak with words of love. Pray that we would discern what God is doing and find ways that we as a Church can join God's redemptive work among His people.
Rev. Denise Walton
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake. (Psalm 115:1) As we approach the 2012 General Conference, I would invite the South Georgia Annual Conference to pray that ultimately God's will would be done for The United Methodist Church.
Please also remember in your prayers:
Rev. Buddy Cooper
J. Taylor Phillips
“God does nothing apart from prayer and everything by it.” John Wesley