Led by Episcopal Supervisor Cecelia Williams Bryant and the women of Grant AME Church in Toronto, the women of the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church hosted the International Women’s Prayer Convocation.
Having never attended a prayer conference, I honestly didn’t know what to expect as I traveled across country lines to beautiful Toronto. The people are friendly, the city reminds me of New York, one of my favorite places, and the weather was already in between the seasons.
Hundreds of women from all over the world came to Toronto to pray. A powerful image and movement of God, the women were led by seven prayer initiatives:
The Seven Prayer Initiatives of the International Women’s Prayer Convocation
In Gratitude to God and
With unwavering faith in the Redeeming Love of Jesus Christ,
Women around the world seek the Power of the Holy Spirit
As together we pray to the Lord –
I. That each of us will awaken to our Divine Purpose
That communion with God will be our daily vocation
That Grace, truth and compassion will direct our paths and
That God will be Glorified in the sharing of the Gospel.
II. May God be merciful to hear our prayers for the healing of the earth. May our hearts be united in repentance for the excesses of humanity that diminish biodiversity, create pollution, toxic waste, deforestation and a shortage of potable water.
III. May God hear our Lamentations for the violence perpetrated against women and children – international, civic, cultural and domestic. Let us pray to the Lord for reconciliation and peace with justice between warring parties and an end to all forms of torture: emotional, spiritual and physical.
IV. May God show us the way to a New World Economic Order in which persons will have meaningful work and just compensation; where governments transform policies and practices that perpetrate unemployment, homelessness, illiteracy and poverty.
V. By solemn, consecrated fasting and prayer, let us travail before the Lord for miraculous healings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. May the Spirit of the Lord raise up an army of health care professionals and intercessors to the sick worldwide.
VI. Daily let us seek the Lord to bless and restore family life. May our marriages flow in Kingdom Glory. May our parenting be endued with wisdom, compassion and holiness. May our children thrive. And may our elders be honored, encouraged and protected with each passing day.
VII. May God grant to each woman a “Sistah” Sabbath for her appointed time of rest, refreshing and Grace in the Presence of the Lord.
View more pictures from the conference. It was one you did not want to miss. It’s safe to say that everyone left transformed and energized to face the world: