A few weeks ago, WGA participated in a 72-hour, city-wide prayer effort. We hosted the 11 pm to midnight timeslot on Saturday night and were joined by about a dozen people from across the city via Zoom. It was an encouraging time together, praying for people, that God would meet them in their individual circumstances. Our time of quarantine is changing, and more freedoms are being allowed, but many of the same dynamics are present. Would you pray with us for people who continue to face the challenges of this season?

Scriptures to Bring Focus to Our Prayer Time

John 16:33 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I Peter 4:12 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Prayer for Family Dynamics

Being together more is a good thing for a lot of families. Many are connecting in ways they haven’t been able to before. Others are finding that undealt with conflict (or new conflict) has come to the surface. Most are overwhelmed with financial uncertainty, working from home, and wrapping up the school year from home too. There has been a rise in domestic violence during this season. Let’s pray for families and those living in community, that God will use this season to bring people closer together and to Him.

Prayer for Those in Isolation

A lot of people, singles especially, find themselves more isolated than usual. Even my most introverted friends, who thrive on alone time, are way past their tolerance for solitude. Loneliness and depression can be factors that increase when alone. Single people often carry more financial concerns, as there are not two incomes in the family. Let’s pray for those who are alone in this season, that God will provide supernatural opportunities for life-giving connection and provision.

Prayer for Those Struggling with Unhealthy behaviors

In times of isolation and stress, people often turn to unhealthy or unhelpful things to cope with their anxiety. For those who come to WGA, many of these behaviors are related to sexuality. Of course, unhealthy ways of coping can take on many forms. I have found myself standing in front of the refrigerator more than usual lately. There are lots of ways people try to self-medicate. Let’s pray that God will meet people in the midst of their anxiety and that people will turn to Him rather than things. Please, God, provide a way of escape for those dealing with addiction.

Closing Scripture

Philippians 4:4-9 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

 

Roger Jones

Roger Jones

Executive Director

In the spring of 1995, the conflict Roger felt between his faith and his sexuality, as well as an addiction to pornography, led him to WGA. His personal journey has provided him unique insights into sexuality and the pain of adversity, which he shares through his testimony, facilitation of small groups, writing and public speaking. Roger began working with WGA in October of 1996 as the Assistant office Manager. Since that time, he has worn many hats and served in several different positions, including Assistant Program Director and Operations Director. In April of 2007, Roger assumed the position of Executive Director. Roger attended West Texas A&M University, where he studied Music Business. Much of his training has been “on the job,” where he was mentored by the ministry’s Founder, Mary Heathman, and the Program Director, Scott Kingry. He holds a BA from West Texas A&M University. Roger, his wife Jill, and their daughter Julia and son William, attend Celebration Community Church where Jill serves as Associate Pastor.

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