Enthusiastic Responses of the Heart
Day of Prayer for the Family 2020 为家庭祷告日
“Day of Prayer for the Family” (DOP) was set as a priority ministry event by the Board of Family Life (BOFL) at its inception. Love for the family has to be based firmly on the foundation of prayer. Homes of Christians are precious because they carry the responsibility of spreading God’s word from generation to generation, and enlarging the place of the Lord’s tent.
This year’s DOP event was jointly organised by BOFL and the Board of Senior Ministry.
Owing to the pandemic and out of concern for the safety of the seniors who may not be used to online meetings, the committee decided that we would only hold the event physically. Thereafter, when time passed and it became clear that a gathering of 100 will remain disallowed, the initial proposal was to cancel the event. However, as many seniors have begun to familiarise themselves with online worship and Zoom videoconferencing by then, we decided to hold DOP online, where we enabled breakout rooms where groups could pray either in English or Chinese.
Praise the Lord! DOP 2020 was conducted on 31st October via Zoom. Approximately 165 believers and their family members, aged 2 to over 80 years old, participated in the event.
Initially, we were a little concerned that many would choose to remain silent during the 1.5 hour prayer time, but to our pleasant surprise, each time the prayer items were presented, the Spirit-led responses were instant, spontaneous, enthusiastic and heart-warming. Amongst these were the vocal and fervent prayers of a believer who, according to her pastor, is normally quiet and reserved.
… to our pleasant surprise, each time the prayer items were presented, the Spirit-led responses were instant, spontaneous, enthusiastic and heart-warming.
The organising committee welcomes and encourages churches and members to continue praying for families. The items prayed at the DOP event have been emailed to all pastors and also uploaded to the BOFL Facebook page. They may also be retrieved at the link below.
Day of Prayer 2020