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100 Days of Prayer launches on April 1

By: Doreen Gosmire, director of communication, Dakotas UMC

100 Days Prayer

United Methodists across the Dakotas-Minnesota Area are invited to participate in 100 Days of Prayer. Let us prayer for the Holy Spirit to break through as we journey through a season of denominational events.

The 2024 United Methodist General Conference (officially still titled "General Conference 2020") will be held April 23-May 3, 2024, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The last General Conference was to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota until the pandemic made it necessary to postpone the quadrennial legislative event until 2024. Follow the upcoming General Conference

The 31st session of the Dakotas Annual Conference will be held June 6-8, 2024, in Bismarck, North Dakota. The gathering will include inspiring worship, business, conversations about who and where we are, and celebrating clergy milestones.  Drawing on Isaiah 43:1, the theme of this year’s gathering is “Jesus. Redeemer.” We are all called and redeemed by God. God rightfully declares: "You are mine." The Lord not only knows us each by name, but God also calls us by name. Like the people of Israel, we, too, are seeking to encounter the living Christ. Access details for the 2024 Dakotas Annual Conference

The 2024 North Central Jurisdiction Conference will occur July 10-13, 2024, at the Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  At a special session in January 2023,  delegates approved combining the Northern Illinois and Wisconsin conferences into a new episcopal area  and the East Ohio and West Ohio conferences into another new episcopal area . Leadership for seven episcopal areas in the jurisdiction -- a reduction from the current nine areas -- to which bishops will be assigned during the NCJ Conference. Learn more

The idea for 100 Days of Prayer emerged out of a desire to cover these events with prayer. The hope is that these prayers will act as an anchor for those United Methodists who are walking through General, Annual, and Jurisdictional Conference season with mixed emotions. 

These prayers will resonate with the overall human experience—struggles in our personal lives, anxiety about the state of our nation, hopes or uncertainties about the future—so that any person who reads or hears them will feel like they are giving words to the longings of their heart.

Prayers are divided into three phases to embrace each event: Phase I, days 1-35, April 1-May 4, 2024, will focus on Psalm 46 and include a Breakthrough Prayer for General Conference by Bishop Lanette Plambeck. Phase II, days 36-70, May 6-June 9, 2024, centers around Annual Conference, Isaiah 43:1, and Bishop Lanette's Breakthrough Prayer for Annual Conference. Phase III, June 10-July 13, 2024, prayers encompass the verses from Romans 12:9-13 and the Bishop's Breakthrough Prayer for North Central Jurisdiction Conference

Throughout the prayer movement, these resources will be available:

Phase I: Days 1-35, April 1-May 4, 2024 focusing on Psalm 46

Week 1, Be Still, April 1-7: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 2, Be Still and Know, April 8-14: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 3, Be Still and Know that I am God, April 15-21: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 4, Breakthrough Prayer for General Conference, April 22-28: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 5: Breakthrough Prayer for General Conference, April 29-May 5: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.

Phase II: Days 36-70, May 5-June 9, 2024, focusing on Isaiah 43:1

Week 6, Do Not Fear, May 6-12: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 7, I Have Redeemed You, May 13-19: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 8, I Have Called You by Name, May 20-26: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 9, You Are Mine, May 27-June 2: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 10, Breakthrough Prayer for Annual Conference, June 3-9: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.

Phase III, Days 71-100, June 10-July 13, 2024, focusing on Romans 12:9-13

Week 11, Be Genuine in your Love, June 10-16: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 12, Be joyful in Hope and Patient in Affliction, June 17-23: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 13, Persevere in Prayer, June 24-30: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 14, Be Humble and United, July 1-7: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.
Week 15, Breakthrough Prayer for Jurisdictional Conference, July 8-14: E-mail with a call to action, daily social media graphics, and daily prayer videos.

UMC

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