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Reflections on the Power of Prayer, Pt. 1

Thursday, June 28, 2018

By Dr. Vona Wilson, YMCA Chaplain

This is the first in a three-part series. Here is part two and part three.

“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” - Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 18:18-20, The Message

PIP: Power in Prayer

Prayer is a spiritual practice of communication with our Creator; with the God of heaven and earth, the Maker of heaven and earth. It is a practice open to anyone. It can happen anywhere at any time and there is POWER in PRAYER!

Prayer is not a magic wand that we wave with wishes and dreams. Prayer is a humble and bold coming before our Creator and inviting God’s presence and power into our lives. Why not try it?

Let's Pray Together

Holy God, thank you for the special ways your creation expresses praise in the summer season. Trees are bursting with green. The flowers are shouting with joy. The rain is washing away the dust and giving life to the earth. We see you in every moment of it.

Lord, the summer season has opened at the YMCA! Lifeguards are on stands. Camp leaders and counselors are in place. You see it all unfolding as we prepare and launch. God, we need your divine help for this season. Please give our teams everything they need to keep people safe this summer. Please fill them with your Spirit to treat each person with patience, love and grace, day in and day out. Let the love of Jesus flow through all of us this summer. Even when it seems impossible, with YOU all things are possible! Thank you for your presence among us. We love you and we trust you. Amen!

Learn more about the Y's Spirit and Mind Ministries

At the YMCA, we know that growing in spirit, mind and body is the surest path to holistic wellbeing. Our library of Spirit and Mind workshops, seminars and small group classes is designed to support growth in physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.

Dr. Vona Wilson, Chaplain at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, focuses on addressing the most pressing spirit and mind needs of our members, strengthening our organization's ties with local churches, and acting as pastoral resource for our staff.

An ordained Elder with the United Methodist Church, Vona has served in various church ministry and leadership development roles. She has a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and her Doctorate in ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.

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