Just the Right Prayer at Just the Right Time
The mission of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry is to bring to God, through Jesus Christ, the concerns of our congregation, our city, our community and the world by the prayers of individuals and groups. Madison First UMC is a praying church. This ministry, which began with 37 volunteers in 1998, has grown considerably over the years. The prayer warriors are everyday men and women much like you. Most pray alone. Some pray as couples. Some pray as entire families. The volunteers range in age from preschool to ninety-two. Some are retired. Many are employed. Though not everyone writes notes, during a typical week, these volunteers write approximately 100 cards and letters to persons who need comfort, consolation and support. Prayer warriors commit to praying in one of two prayer rooms at the church for one specific hour each week for 16-weeks.
…Until you have been on the receiving end, you cannot imagine the lift and encouragement this ministry brings.
…Your words have encouraged me more than you can realize and have brought calm to my storm. Thank you so very much for holding my broken heart up to the Lord and filling the broken spaces with reminders of how much God loves us.
…I keep all of the notes I have received on a table beside my easy chair. I read them most days since they remind me that God is great and that there are good people who wish me well. I am not living with cancer; I am living with Jesus Christ….
…Our son is overcome by the love, prayers, cards, notes, and support that have come from your prayer group — from people who don’t even know him but who care so much for him ….
The ministry has realized some awesome answers to prayer – some miraculous healings of body and spirit. God doesn’t always answer prayers in visible, altogether understandable ways. Intercessory prayer is, however, a powerful resource. In spite of prayers that appear to be unanswered, intercessory prayer does work! It is the greatest gift we can give to another person. As one volunteer said, “We’re standing in the gap for others when they either cannot pray or desperately need our prayers.”
Intercessory prayer is a “two-way street”. It sustains the volunteer as well as the recipient.
The Intercessory Prayer Ministry is open to anyone who can commit an hour a week to praying for others. We welcome anyone who would like to become a volunteer.