Though prayer has been defined/expressed in several ways throughout earth’s existence—an earnest hope or wish; a solemn request for help or an expression of thanks; a spiritual communion with God—one common thread still remains present: Prayer should be expressed with hope, and it should be performed as an unselfish act in reference to God & Humanity.
As a church family, FBBC has always prayed together according to Deacon Dwyane Strong. “In the early 90’s, Elder James Temple led the FBBC family in early morning prayer. “However,” added Deacon Strong, “a special prayer team was not developed until 2003, when the late Pastor Willie L. Reid asked Deacon Leslie Lake to form a special prayer team for the dome campaign, ‘God’s First Building on His Glory.’ Over time, it evolved into our current Prayer Ministry.”
The overall purpose of FBBC’s Prayer Ministry is to offer praise and petitions for the church and community before the Lord. The Ministry meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Presently, the Ministry does not participate in any community events, but it has definite plans to do so in the future. “We are striving to coordinate with the National Days of Prayer as well as become involved in other community prayer events,” stated Deacon Strong. The Prayer Ministry of FBBC hopes to continue to uplift the church and congregation in prayer. They encourage everyone to come and attend the meetings, but please know that if your presence can’t be fulfilled, your prayers can.
Written by LaToya Robinson