“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16 NKJV
We are in the midst of camp meeting season in our various churches, and our spiritual leaders and church workers have put in a lot of effort to ensure that we get the most out of every minute of it. You’d have to agree that all of these efforts must be worth something.
If you want to get the most out of the meeting, you must pray. So, in addition to making travel and feeding plans, create prayer plans.
The word of God will be taught at camp sessions, therefore pray that your understanding eyes will be opened (Ephesians 1:16). Pray that you will not be distracted and that your heart will be open when the word comes. People will be praying for a miracle, hoping that their expectations will be met. Therefore, instead of focusing solely on your own needs, pray for others.
One of the goals of a camp meeting is to remind people of the Great Commission and, therefore, pray that more people may come to know Christ as a consequence of the gathering. Pray that God’s word will spread quickly and prevail throughout the world and that more people will be spared from condemnation and enter into a relationship with the Lord.
Pray for everyone who will be ministering in the word that they speak as oracles of Christ while boldly teaching the gospel. Pray that the Ministry of Helps (workers) is strengthened to do the heavy lifting necessary to pull off a meeting of such magnitude.
If all of this talk about prayer sounds overwhelming to you, you may want to set up structures of accountability that will help you pray. Join or form a group where you will all pray together and encourage one another to set your expectations for the camp.
With prayer, you can stay focused on the meeting. Distraction is staved off in the process, and you can prepare yourself for all that God is set to do in your life and those of others. As you prepare, make prayer your highest priority.
Bible Reading Plan: Ezekiel 40-42