Why Pray?

why-pray

“Imagine yourself in a dark room. Windows closed. Curtains drawn. Shutters shut. In the darkness it’s hard to believe there’s daylight beyond the drapes. So you grope and try to feel your way across the floor. You take a step, disoriented and unsure where you’re headed. Progress is slow and the journey painful. Stubbed toes, bruised shins, broken vases. It’s hard to walk in a dark place.

Harder still to walk in a dark world.

But many try. And, as a result, many are wounded in the effort: tripping over problems, bumping into one another in the shadows, ramming into walls.

But occasionally one of us makes a discovery. Reaching through the blackness, a hand finds curtains and a window latch. “Hey, everybody! The walls have windows!” The drapes are pulled back and the window opened. The sun floods into the room. What was dark is now bright. What was opaque is now clear. What was stale is now fresh. With the light comes a peace, a power, a desire to move closer to the light, and a confidence to step forward. Our timid steps are replaced by a certainty to our walk. A certainty to move through the corridors of life, opening one window after another to illuminate. What a difference! And all it took was one small gesture of opening curtains and raising the window.

Prayer does the same thing for us. Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house.

But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.”

– written by Max Lucado, ‘Open the Windows’

2017 40 Days of Prayer in El Dorado and Union County, Arkansas

We are calling the church in El Dorado and Union County to take the 40 day challenge from October 1 until November 9, to draw closer to God, to expand our sphere of influence and to see our community won for Jesus.

Together we have an opportunity to throw back the curtains in our city and allow God’s light to penetrate the darkness.

Together we will petition Heaven on behalf of those we love.

We resolve to pray for boldness to share our faith with family, work colleagues, neighbors and friends. We will be faithful to pray for their salvation and ready to be used by the Holy Spirit to tell of God’s goodness and to invite them to be part of God’s family.

We are engaging in prayer, believing God for an increase in the church in El Dorado and therefore an increase in His kingdom.

If you use Facebook, Twitter or other social media, please help us get the word out there.  Wouldn’t it be great if every day there were posts and tweets letting people know about the church in El Dorado rising up in prayer together?  

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –II Chronicles 7:14