Live prayer thread for the ACNA formation assemblyJune 22, 2009
We’ve been posting on the importance of prayer for the assembly that will be forming the ACNA, as we will be praying ourselves for the ACNA within Second Life. These have included the potential of using Twitter and Facebook to stimulate others to pray for the assembly, and also, in a way, coming together virtually in prayer.
Not all have accounts with Second Life, Twitter, or Facebook. In that case, you can also pray right here in this thread, as a “live prayer thread.”
Many are skeptical with regards to new media and things like prayer. Why prayer in a blog comment thread?
[ we will be using the comments in this thread as a live prayer feed for the assembly – click on the “more” link to read more, or leave your prayer ]
Consider the use of prayer books. Printed prayers can be helpful in leading others in prayer, or stimulating others to pray. We often make use of prayers which aren’t the spontaneous inspiration of an individual. Consider how we pray the Lord’s Prayer, as Christ Himself encouraged us.
There is considerable merit in bringing people together for prayer, even if they are not physically together. When a group posts prayers in one area, they are inspired by the others who have prayed there, and are drawn themselves in a special way to pray. You may or may not believe that this is what Scripture speaks of when “two or three are gathered together” – certainly, if we are speaking of a comment thread, this seems to be pushing the limits. But it is without doubt that we can be inspired by the Spirit through the prayers of others.
I suggest the following prioritization of prayer for the assembly:
Second Life – the sense of togetherness is quite intense in Second Life – quite a few “real” spiritual communities have formed there, and are sometimes even more active and community-oriented than typical church home groups
http://anglicantv.org – if there is a chat room available there (there has been in the past), try that – a great way to connect with others in prayer, if it is mostly given to prayer – though note, sometimes chatrooms attrack snarky trolls, and that’s likely for this event, since much has been done to foment controversy – much too much, in my opinion – things made to seem much more controversial than they actually are, unfortuantely.
Twitter – so easy to follow prayers with the #acna hash tag
Facebook – a good way to stimulate others
And last – if you don’t have the above, or if you want to post in addition to what’s mentioned above – feel free to post a thread here, using comments here as a “live prayer feed.” Pray whatever God leads you to pray, for the assembly, for the Anglican Communion, and for the body of Christ.
Please remember: “vertical” prayers, not “horizontal.” We are praying to God, not communicating implicit messages to others on this thread. It’s not an opportunity to complain about what we see as wrong or unjust, it’s an opportunity to pray for God’s will.