The Words of the Selle Family
In 2001 I began what is called Prayer in Action Ministry at my home, a regular small group meeting with brothers and sisters centering on this new age when God is in charge. We used Rev. In Hoi Lee's book PRAYER - Training for Opening Up to God as a foundation for discussion and sharing.
Many miracles happened based on applying prayer in this new era of Cheon Il Guk when "two or three gather together". To see two sample sessions, go to familyfed.org/bfd, Prayer in Action. This is our National Prayer in Action Ministry website, currently on hold.
This year I decided to go from home to home and share this amazing experience with as many people as possible. So every Thursday, I and a few people from my Prayer and Action Group meet with other families around Prince George's County for prayer and sharing, such as in Bowie (at the Berndts’ house), Laurel (at the Hills’ and Rosenbaums’ homes) and Edgewater (at the Stewarts’ house) as well as to develop home groups. Each meeting was very different in flow and makeup but powerful, deep, and rich in sharing.
The format is flexible but always has the component of singing holy songs at the beginning with deep fervor and an opening prayer. Then we always read a section of the Peace Message as well as another text, usually on Prayer, but also we use books like The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and Hyung Jin Nim's books, which are excellent for self-change. Each person reads one paragraph, followed by discussion. The focus is always on how the words we just read applies to us and what are we challenged by.
Towards the end of the meeting we ask each person if he or she has a point or two that needs prayer for, especially concerning spiritual growth as well as relationships with family and friends. Also I ask each person what is his or her dream or wish and what would it take to realize it. That's usually the best part!
The sharing is confidential, and so many brother and sisters (and guests as well, if they are present) open their hearts. There are a lot of different concepts out there about what is prayer, why pray, how to pray in this era of Cheon Il Guk, and deep realizations are made. We get to know one another in a new and deep way and learn from each other. I only facilitate the process.
I see new life coming to our community through this process, supported by sermons at Sunday services and the support of Reverend Stewart, who is also visiting and nurturing already existing home groups, or rather “life” groups.
Let the spirit of God and your heart guide you!