Please Come, Just As You Are (and pray on Sunday mornings!)

—Susan Sisk, CCC Member

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Charlotte Elliott’s words from that hymn capture perfectly the qualifications for those who would attend the Sunday morning prayer time—people in need of a Savior who are willing to come. Come and sit down in the Rosemary Room at 9 a.m., and you will be provided with a list of people and requests for which we pray: An elder, a deacon, a staff member, a group leader, a ministry team leader, 5 members and their families, missionary requests, and the Norfleets. If you are a member and your last name starts with A through G, you’ve already been prayed for! Of course, people are always welcome to pray about other topics as well.

Each week a designated leader opens the prayer time and then we use the “popcorn” method, each praying just a few sentences about a specific topic, allowing others to add to that idea or to move on to other areas. We don’t go in any specific order through the topics or around the circle of people. In fact, not everyone even prays out loud. We finish up by 9:20 a.m.. If you arrive a bit late or need to leave a bit early, no worries.

So I’ve provided the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how.” But what about the “why?”

· We are created in the image of a triune God, and so an essential element of being human is enjoying communion with the Lord and with other people. By praying, you are participating in the life for which you were created. This is a concrete way that you can “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

· Prayer is a way of acknowledging our utter dependence on the mercy, goodness, and provision of God in Christ. What better way to start the day of worship, or indeed, the week, than in a posture of humility before the Lord and others, praying for God’s presence and power?

· When we pray, we are obeying God. For example, in Ephesians 6:18 we are told to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…keep on praying for all the saints.” We are also told that our prayers are a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Psalm 141:2).

· Prayer is a means of grace by which God strengthens us. All of us face circumstances that require much enduring, and Jesus modeled and taught “that at all times [we] ought to pray and not to lose heart” (Luke 18:1) so that our love for Him will not grow cold (Matthew 24:12).

So please be encouraged and know that you are welcome to come as you are to the Sunday morning prayer time any time you can attend. It is open to all each week.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.