“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight — if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
Our movement, the Church Of God In Christ, was birthed because (our founder) the late Bishop Charles Harrison Mason’s lifelong goal was to "recapture and maintain the prayer traditions of the slaves." Bishop Mason was infamous for his prayer life.
The Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., is a spiritual leader with the desire that our denomination maintains its legacy of being a church of prayer and fasting. For 2016, God has given Bishop Blake the theme, "Christ’s Extreme Sacrifice Calls for Our Extreme Commitment" (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
Bishop Blake’s goal is that we experience a tremendous move of God in our 109th Annual International Holy Convocation. This can only occur through the power of prayer, fasting and seeking God. The power of prayer will impact our world for Christ.
The need for prayer today is greater than ever. Our world faces wars, along with an epidemic of broken homes, poverty, violence, sexual immorality and social strife. As the founding members of the Church Of God In Christ did in the past, we must again commit ourselves to prayer and seeking God. We must ask the Lord to bless us so that we will have the fortitude to overcome the challenges at hand.
The 40 Days of Prayer was established by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., in 2011 to intercede on behalf of the Annual International Holy Convocation. The Holy Convocation is the highlight of our faith’s liturgical year.
Bishop Ted G. Thomas will be the Wednesday Night Guest Speaker during the
54th Holy Convocation for Eastern Missouri – Western Illinois Jurisdiction