Ladies, have you heard about the church in Oklahoma that’s had continuous prayer for nearly 10 years? The program is called “Perpetual Adoration” and began in 2003 on Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Church in Norman, Oklahoma.
I think this story is so cool for a number of different reasons.
Apparently volunteers are scheduled to take shifts to pray for an hour at a time so that the act of prayer never stops. They each pray for everyone and everything and they take requests. It was never expected to last more than six months, but “adorers”–the name for the volunteers–have kept it going for 10 years so far.
I love this story because it demonstrates such a great show of devotion and sense of community. Not only has the prayer offered strength to those who requested it, but it also has strengthened the faith of those adorers who play a huge part in making this program work. Without each and every adorer, the program would stop. And each offers only an hour at a time.
But that hour is so beneficial to each adorer.
We live in a busy world. This gives people an opportunity to come to a quiet place to spend some time with the Lord (Father Edward Menasco, pastor, St. Joseph’s).
Church is such an important aspect of the Christian faith. Sure, you don’t have to go to church to believe in God, and certainly the act of attending church doesn’t determine the legitimacy of a person’s faith, but there are very important reasons why we attend church and why church plays a huge part in strengthening our faith.
- Church reminds us to take the time to remember God and thank God. Attending church forces us to take time out of our busy schedules to worship. At church, we have to give our Lord and Savior our full attention, something that is not easy to do in our own homes, even if we are in the habit of regularly talking to God.
- Church also brings a community together. Just like in the Oklahoma church story, attending church on a regular basis allows you the opportunity to meet other parishioners. Faces become familiar eventually, and even if it was never your intention, you become part of the church family.
- Attending a church affords you the ability and the opportunity to give back. Whether it’s as a member of your youth group, the church choir, a reader or an “adorer,” your time is always appreciated when you give it to your church to help others.
PI girls, are you a part of a church? Has it strengthened your faith?