Can the staff of a church do anything more productive than pray together? I can’t think of what that would be, and so most every Monday, Edgewood’s staff spends 30 – 45 minutes in prayer over our Friendship Register prayer requests. A long time ago (10 years maybe?), someone complained that our administrative assistants were being paid to pray at our staff meetings. We kept praying; the dissatisfied person left. Can’t please everybody, I guess.
Today was probably something of a record – we had 141 prayer requests from Waupun and Fond du Lac (about 10 more were marked confidential, and the full staff doesn’t see all these). We usually receive around 100 – 110 non-confidential requests. (If you’re interested in personally praying through these requests each week, send an email to Pam Hron (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will put you on the list to receive these weekly requests.)
From the beginning, prayer has been important to our staff. When I started back in ’99, Mike Giebink and I agreed to pray together every day. I guess things have changed a bit over 13 years – nowadays, he and I meet once a week and pray together during this time. I meet the other guys one-on-one once a week as well (most always – everyone on Monday), and prayer is almost always a part of these regular times. I once served in a ministry where I met my boss each week, but we rarely prayed together. He loved God and such, but took a more “corporate” view of things. Well, to each his own.
I’ll close with the words of the prophet Samuel…
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
1 Samuel 12:23 (ESV)