Last Wednesday was the second time I hosted an online prayer meeting at uberconference.com/kennblanchard. It’s a paid service I use to connect with Believers that want to pray with me using their phone or computer. It was an amazing session. There was not a dry eye in the house (at least not mine). We had the opportunity to pray for a wounded warrior (a Marine Corp vet, who is managing after the result of combat). He asked us to pray for one of the last members of a group of friends made while healing in the hospital for two years (the others committed suicide). The prayers and comments of the men that were online that night was amazing. It blessed me.
After advertising on Facebook and Twitter about the event, with reminders throughout the day I was startled to see how small the number was that turned out that night. It made me wonder what is it about prayer that scares people or motivates them not to participate in.
Two weeks ago, I took a leap of faith and invested in a conference service so that I could pray with and for others. Using the technology of a conference call we pray, ask for prayer, and collectively lift our prayers up to God. At the agreed upon time of 9pm it started.
The service is supposed to integrate with Google Hangouts. Now that Google Hangouts is a part of YouTube Live it has been tricky. I had to download a program in addition to what I already had for it to work. I didn’t get it up in time but the magic of Google still helped one of the callers find us through searching http://Uberconference.com/kennblanchard (going to change it to blanchardchapel.us)
On our first outing, I had the opportunity to meet, pray with and pray for a person from Oklahoma, Arizona, two from Virginia and two from Maryland excluding myself. It was a success.
All of this is without worrying about overhead, church politics, egos, or denominations.
It wasn’t easy though.
As soon as I set this in motion, I had the threat of scheduling conflicts. I felt tired. My mood changed. I pressed through. I found out later that all of the attendees also had “stuff” happen that made them almost not come online. I guess it happened last week on meeting number 2.
I believe that prayer not only changes “things” praying changes us. I believe in the power of prayer. I have experienced the blessings of someone praying for me and having my prayers answered. Despite my beliefs, I have found that people are actually afraid to pray. This blew my mind. I can understand the fear of speaking in public portion of that though but beyond that; what could it be?
It is my guess aside from forgetting we were on there must be a reason. Here are the top three I could come up with.
Fear Of The Unknown
- What is going to happen?
Fear Of Judgments/Condemnation
- Not knowing how to pray
- Not understanding what prayer is
- Fear of public testimony/speaking in public
- Faith or lack thereof
I have committed myself to doing this once a week for the rest of the year 2017. For me, it is an act of obedience, honor and reverence to the calling of God. It allows me to minister and be ministered to.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB)
Here’s how we operate. You can call 202-780-1279 or go to http://blanchardchapel.us and listen online.
We start at 2100 hrs eastern standard time. Because the group is small, we will probably ask you your name just in hopes of finding a new friend but this is private. You will be asked if you have any prayer request so that someone may volunteer to pray for/with you. If you would like to pray you can. There is no hierarchy here. We open in prayer and do a round robin approach to get started. There is a Scripture focus for the week that I share. It is slow. There will be times of dead air. If no one says anything for a undetermined period of time, we’ll close it in prayer. We are scheduled for an hour.
During the quiet times, I will slip in some information about praying, and life hacks.
Let your faith be bigger than you fears.
Join me next time. It’s worth it.Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind BlackManWithAGun.com, founder of Blanchard.Media and the SpeaklifeChurch.net