Methodist people know that the Bible teaches us that we are to pray without ceasing. Sometimes we can join together as prayer partners to pray for the life of discipleship we share with each other.
In our shared life, we are entering a season of holy conferencing in our Methodist family. It begins with our 2016 United Methodist General Conference, May 10-20, in Portland, Oregon; continues with our 150th North Georgia Annual Conference, June 7-9, in Athens, Georgia; moves on to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, July 13-15, for our Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference; and finally takes us to the 21st World Methodist Conference, which will be held in Houston, Texas, from August 31-September 3. Each of these conference sessions needs to be bathed in prayer.
Many people ask me what is the best thing they can do during this season of conferences. There is no doubt in my mind that the answer to that question is, "Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to move upon each participant and to move upon the conference as a whole in a mighty way so that the will of God will be done!" There is nothing more needed in the Church today than the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. When we receive that "Pentecostal Power" the Church is empowered to fulfill our sacred mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
As your bishop, I invite you to make this a season of prayer just as it is a season of Methodist conferencing. Nothing is needed more, and all of us can be vital prayer partners in each of these holy conferences!
Bishop Mike Watson is the Resident Bishop of the North Georgia Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church.
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.