Before I post the new prayer thread tomorrow, I wanted to run things by you.
This prayer thread started as a result of the memorization thread. When you are memorizing scripture together and you compare notes on the verses, it is only natural to be interested in each other and desire to pray for each other. So unlike a strictly prayer thread, this one was born out of a closeness of being connected weekly because we memorize together so we are tied together through that and that leads to concern for prayer. What appeals to me about this is not that it is an exclusive group but one that is close. In other words, people can, but they don’t usually pop in, mention their prayer and then disappear. We are there for each other through thick and thin.
From it, two other aspects were formed. First, on Monday at 2:30 pm CDT with the necessary adjustments made in different time zones so as to meet at the same time, a group of us would pray at that time so that, although we were not physically in the same location, we were united in prayer.
The second formation was Catherine’s desire to form prayer times on Thursday mornings and Saturday afternoon via conference calls. I don’t know if anyone is doing any of them. I am involved in the 2:30 prayer and maybe one or two are as well but beyond that, I think not much is happening.
My sense is things are beginning to unravel. Some of it, I feel , begins with how many of us are learning the verses or at least meditating on the chapters even if they are not being memorized. In the beginning, the scriptures were our glue. Now there are more signed up for @Bible_Memorization_Group than there are viewers throughout the week. The same applies to those signed up for interested in prayer - more are signed up than view the thread.
To be honest, I am a little discouraged as I knew people would come and go but I was hoping for a sense of commitment. I’ve been censured for seemingly putting a guilt trip on people. However, no one is forcing anyone to do this and my heart desire is that maybe we only have a dozen people but they are committed not to the subject but to the people within that group.That group would be discussing the verses with comments and questions as well as asking for prayer. It’s a fellowship - living and active.
What do you suggest that we do to accomplish a nucleus of committed memorizers and pray-ers? It may be that one expresses that they cannot commit to learning this chapter but will study it and ask questions and be involved with those in the group memorizing but actively be apart of the prayer group.
The prayer group is unique in that it is not a one prayer request post lest we never know what happened to you. The objective is that prayer is continual until it is seen through. Weekly updates are required. For many of us, nothing changes week after week but we refuse to give up for the Lord is faithful.
I don’t want to flounder. We are lovers of Jesus who want His Name to be lifted on high. What can we do to be effective.
If everyone drops out, I will ever continue to memorize new chapters while reviewing the old ones. Numerous times the Lord has given me a new set of glasses and suddenly I see what is meant for me to see. Because I had memorized Colossians 3, I had memorized John 15 in the meantime. While doing Colossians 4 and reviewing John 15, today the Holy Spirit personalized a verse that was so needed for what I a going through. It had to do with what is going on in my life and the discussion on we are the branches, He is the vine but the Father is the vinedresser. He decides when to prune, so as to bear more fruit. I am in a pruning stage but it won’t last forever because He is pruning so that more fruit is born. He doesn’t prune when fruit is growing. He is the master vinedresser so I can trust Him. This is only a superficial aspect of what was communicated to me. Brothers and Sister, memorize the Word. Please, not for me and not even for you but for the glory of the Lord.
Please advise me as how to rearrange things, OK?