Thirty-three people representing each of New England’s six states gathered for the ADNE’s Intercessory Prayer Retreat (October 24-26). Prayer, praise, teaching, fellowship and celebration were hallmarks of our time together as we explored how praying with the Trinity transforms our prayers.
On the serene grounds of the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center (West Hartford, CT), Bishop Bill Murdoch brought a study of prayer that highlighted the persons of the Trinity in our approach to prayer: prayer that emerges from the heart of the Father; prayer for a suffering world (praying the wounds of Christ); and, prayer enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In addition to a rhythm of corporate prayer throughout the day, the retreat also offered a self-guided prayer room, a sacred space for participants to intercede at “prayer stations” for our hearts, our homes, our communities, our world, and Christ’s Church.
Retreat participants appreciated various aspects of the weekend together:
- “the time of anointing prayer on Saturday night
- “the time and space for real conversations and sharing with individuals”
- “the sense of safety and peace as well as the freedom to come and go as needed”
- “the content and excellent presentations”
- “the lovely facilities and fabulous food”
The Bishop concluded with a challenge: let New England, once again, engage in intentional, inter-denominational prayer gatherings, or as he phrased it: “recover the practice of prayer meetings that matter.”
So New England, let us join in the ministry that is ongoing in heaven, Jesus’ ministry of intercession for our hearts, our homes, our communities, and our world.