Space for Prayer at General Conference


The United Methodist Church believes prayer changes things. Soon after the Special Session of General Conference was scheduled in 2016, a Praying Our Way Forward initiative began. Here in St. Louis a large prayer space has been set aside for delegates and guests. 

Areas of the prayer space are dedicated to specific prayer practices. Images of stained-glass windows from United Methodist churches in the Missouri Conference hang throughout the space. A quiet prayer room, a labrynth, and a wall for prayers of lament are among the featured prayer practices. 

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr led General Conference in a prayer for this space:

Gracious God, we bless this area that has been set apart for your people to seek your presence. 
Where there is hurt in our hearts, may we find healing in your presence. 
Where there is hope in our hearts, may our hope be in you and you alone. 
Where there is confusion in our hearts, may peace and clear direction be given by your Holy Spirit. 
Where there is weariness, may you grant us strength and courage. 

Your sons and daughters from around the world will gather in this space to pray for your will and for this conference. Cover each person in your grace; may each be reminded of you faithfulness and love. We thank you for your guiding presence, and we ask for your mercy. May we follow you wherever you Spirit leads. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.