We will be starting a “regular” Early Morning Prayer beginning from the first week of October. (10/5) It will happen every Tuesday to Thursday, on Zoom for 2 hours (6-8 am). (Monday is my off-day, and Saturday, I preach at KSC’s early morning prayer once in a while) You don’t have to stay for the entire 2 hours. Think of it as me opening up the church for 2 hours of prayer for anyone who wants to come and pray but online. There will be background music but no interaction with each other. My camera will be off, and the audio will be muted. I won’t constantly be checking who is coming or not. So, you can drop in any time and leave anytime, without any pressure. Think of it as an “asynchronous” prayer meeting. There are two reasons for starting this.
First, I want to be a praying pastor. Prayer is the single most spiritual discipline of any Christian. But keeping a consistent prayer life is tough for everyone, including pastors. Though I have been consistently praying for our members, spending uninterrupted time with God was challenging during the pandemic. So, by starting this meeting, I promise our congregation that I will pray for 2 hours in the days mentioned above.
Secondly, I want our church to be a praying church. Many people think of prayer as a private discipline. Even though it is, if you look at the scripture, it is also an essential corporate discipline (Matthew 18:20, Acts 1:14, Acts 2:42, Acts 4:31). I am not saying that unless everyone prays together, we are not a praying church. But we need a regular place or avenue where people can pray with other church members if they want.
I used to think that starting a regular prayer meeting for The Seed would not be possible as we don’t have our building. But through the pandemic, I realized that it could be possible online until other methods emerge. If you have your own scheduled time that you prefer to pray, continue to stick with that. But if you come to the meeting, please pray even for a few minutes that I will remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and our church will continue to stay focused on bringing the unchurched people to Christ.