Making prayer a “first of all” priority in our churches.
The Apostle Paul instructs Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1a by writing, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people." (NIV - Italics mine). Notice Paul's choice of words as he begins, "urge" and "first of all."
Webster defines the word urge this way: "To try to persuade in a serious way to do something." Paul is not simply, passively suggesting, but rather persuading Timothy in a serious way to make prayer a "first of all" priority in the church.
That is the call of Converge MidAmerica's Prayer First ministry. It is our goal to urge our churches, first of all, to pray. We pray that God would increase a movement of prayer in our churches that would usher in an unprecedented work of spiritual renewal and revival.
There are three ways specifically that you can take advantage of the ministry of Prayer First:
- Prayer First Weekend – Participate in a weekend "intensive" of teaching, preaching, inspiration and hands-on participation in what you're learning. The weekend culminates in a community-wide Prayer Gathering where we will pray for Spiritual Revival and Awakening in your community and around the world. Download the Prayer First Weekend Planning Guide.
- Pastor's Prayer Gatherings – We want to bring pastors together in various parts of our region with one agenda - Prayer! Whether for a few hours or even longer, these prayer gatherings will connect us and our churches in ways that will both encourage us, and spur us on in our walk as leaders.
- Prayer First Campaigns – There are certain seasons in our lives that we need to focus our attention to the spiritual needs of our churches and community. 21 Day Prayer First Campaigns are designed to create spiritual momentum and greater dependence on God at strategic times in our ministries.