Jesus is on the Main Line: Church provides thrice-daily prayer calls

As a means of encouraging regular prayer, Wesley Chapel began hosting a prayer phone call in January 2014. Members and friends were invited to call in weekdays at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. for a time of prayer. As the prayer call evolved, participants dialed in from Texas, Alabama, California and other states. The 6 a.m. call averaged more than 20 callers eager to plug into the power of prayer.

The prayer calls convened uninterrupted from January through May 2015. A monthly prayer calendar included a theme and Scripture passage for each day. Pastors, ministers-in-training and lay servants led the calls by reading the theme and Scripture, then engaging other participants through discussion of the Scripture, sharing of joys and concerns and an invitation to pray.

As participants became more comfortable with each other, the calls grew more interactive. Each call time has developed its own personality, with 6 a.m. being the liveliest; noon more soothing and reflective; and 6 p.m. including more exegesis of Scripture.

“Mother” Mary Baines of Alabama, whose granddaughter is a member of Wesley Chapel, often joins the prayer call three times a day. This summer she visited Little Rock, and members of Wesley Chapel had the pleasure of meeting her in person.

The prayer call took a summer break, but will resume after Labor Day. To participate, call 712-432-1500 at the time of your choice and use access code 919326# when prompted. The calendar will be posted at www.wesleychapelumclr.org.

Some participants pull over in their cars on their way home from work to join the call—or to lead it. Small informal groups of friends gather off-line to continue the discussions and prayer. People are starved for answers, and Jesus always responds when you call! As the song goes, “You just call Him up and tell Him what you want!”

—submitted by Pam Ligon Harris