By Burnie Tai

For where two or three come together in my name, I am there among them. – Matthew 18:20

On 17th January, PJEFC organised an extended prayer meeting at the basement chapel. The usual prayer meeting is held every Wednesday night via Zoom, so this extended version allowed a larger group (close to 80 attendees) to come in person to worship, fellowship and of course, pray together.

Prayer meetings are essential for a vibrant church. Members of the church community support each other and foster unity when we pray together.

The focus of our prayers was on five segments: Self, Family, Church, Nation and the World.

Different pastors, deacons and church elders led us through the whole prayer meeting with a brief worship session before each segment. We started at 8pm and finished around 10.30pm. PJEFC is blessed to have many committed pastors, church members and support staff. I appreciate this and share their zest to further God’s Glory.

For each segment, we formed a smaller prayer group of three to four members and after a brief sharing, we started praying fervently. Learning from more ‘seasoned pray-ers‘, I can now replicate the same process during my Cell Group meetings.

As we were praying, I felt very grateful that our good Lord had kept us aligned with each other as almost every prayer request was harmonious within the group. This certainly inspired us and I was sure that the whole chapel was filled with a sense of togetherness with our prayers.

I now understand why it is important to pray for our church after receiving guidance from Pastor Yu Yong — the church is not the physical building or structure but it is the community involved that builds a thriving church.

Though this was only my second time attending a prayer meeting, it has provided invaluable insight on how to pray for others and being brave to ask our Lord for help when we need it. 

Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. – Matthew 7:7

I am looking forward to attending the next extended prayer meeting on the 17th of April and hope many of you will join us. Pastor James is praying for a big turnout, so much so that the venue will need to be moved to the main sanctuary to accommodate more church members! 

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