Day 16 - May 15

35 days of  Prayer and Preparation

Breath Prayer

Look Upon Us, God. 

Restore us, Lord of Hosts.

O God, we confess that it sometimes feels as if the walls have been broken down and the fields we have tended are in ruins. 

At times we feel like we are despised by our neighbors and sometimes we are the ones who speak with disdain about our brothers and sisters. Lord, we confess that ought not be so.

Forgive us for the divisions among us that hinder the growth of your church. Have mercy on us when we forget to tend the fields as we should. Pardon us when we fail to produce fruit that lasts. 

From where we stand the fields seem ruined, but we can only see a portion of what you have planted. Widen our gaze, O Lord. Grant us the perspective we need to continue planting, gathering, and sharing with those in need. 

Let your face shine upon us. O God. And as we journey into the future, help us to prune what is not fruitful, rebuild what has been damaged, and to recruit more workers for your harvest. 

Rev. Blake Trent, Dallas First United Methodist Church


Restore us, O God of hosts,
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Psalm 80:3

Memory Verse

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
     your old men will dream dreams,
     your young men will see visions.

Prayers of Invocation

Week 3 Focus: New Faith Opportunities and Communities
Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon… 

  • Those passionate about sharing the good news with people that are not yet a part of any church
  • For lead pastors to equip, bless, and release the mission force that is sitting in their pews
  • For churches to create an R and D team to reimagine church and lead experiments to engage those not yet a part of the church
  • For churches to embrace collaboration and cooperative ministry in their community to create new forms of church
  • For God to spark imaginations

Praying for One Another

Lord, pour out your spirit on the following North East District churches:

Candler UMC
Canon UMC
Center UMC Athens
Clarkesville UMC
Clayton UMC
Clemons Chapel UMC
Cleveland UMC
Colbert UMC
Comer UMC
Commerce First UMC
Confidence UMC Stephens County
Confidence UMC Union County
Cool Springs UMC
Cornelia Hispanic Ministry
Cornelia UMC
Creekside UMC
Cumming First UMC
Cumming Hispanic Mission
Dahlonega Hispanic Ministry
Dahlonega UMC

About the Prayer and Preparation Project

Each day from April 30 to June 3 you will be prompted with a Psalm to read, a short breath prayer or collect (call-ect) written by a North Georgia United Methodist, and prayers of invocation.

We invite you to share this with your family, small group, congregation, and Christian community. Whether you are attending Annual Conference or not, we pray this will better prepare all of us for true holy conferencing.

How to Participate

  • To receive a daily prayer prompt, text Prepare to 833-848-9264
  • Visit each day
  • Follow the North Georgia Conference on social media