Jefferson Baptist Church’s “Five Days of Prayer” started this morning at 5:00 am. We will pray from 5:00 to 10:00 am every morning this week, Monday through Friday. We will also pray from 5:00 to 10:00 pm every evening this week with a “Communion Service” happening on Friday evening at 7:00 pm. We will have dinner served every evening at 6:00 pm so you can come right from work if you like. In this particular “Five Days of Prayer” we are focusing on our missions ministry. We have a major ministry in Sierra Leone having planted more than 20 churches, each church also having a school that is free, we have started a Bible College/Seminary to train pastors for future church plants, our goal is 100 churches and schools started by 2040, we have started several well drilling ministries with over 300 wells drilled so far. We also have 2 large schools in Liberia and we support missionaries in another dozen countries. 30 years ago our missions ministry was very small with not much going on, and now it is huge and growing rapidly. The reason is because of our emphasis on prayer. God’s commission to the church is to make disciples in every nation and when we pray hard, give sacrificially, and go He will powerfully bless.
I am at most of the prayer times every day, and I can’t really put into words the great sense of joy, peace, and security that comes into my soul during these prayer times. To say that I have a spiritual experience during these 5 days of prayer would be an understatement. I have grown in my faith in the power of pray a great deal, and the greater my faith grows the more motivated I am to pray, which in turn brings this inner sense that God is well pleased with my life.
We actually start praying 15 minutes after the hour and take a break of 15 minutes at the top of each hour. During this time people come and go, get coffee, eat snacks and visit. Many people choose not to pray out loud but to listen to those who do pray out loud and agree with their prayer in their heart.