Kenneth Locklear, Gateway District
Peter, therefore, was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. (Acts 12:5)
This scripture reminds me of an illustration about prayer. The story is about a little girl who is a 5-year-old with Down syndrome. She always wanted to say grace at the Sunday meal. She would always say excitedly, “Papa, let me pray.” Her prayer was simple and to the point – “God, Amen.”
Her grandfather shared this story with me with great pride. This was her prayer in all of its brevity and simplicity. For Grandpa, it was enough. It was sufficient.
Acts 12:5 says that the church prayed for Peter’s situation without ceasing for Peter was standing in need of prayer. Lord, we offer this prayer for our global United Methodist Church and for the work of the Commission for a Way Forward. Lord, we pray as the early church, without ceasing, for divine guidance and holy discernment for the leadership of the church in this work. As they meet in holy conferencing, may they found a way to lead us forward as the body of Christ and the family of God. And if we or the Commission become weary in this task and prayer, may we simply pray, “God, Amen.”