The Atlantic Union Conference Prayer Ministries seeks to create opportunities where the value and need of prayer are promoted and more people are encouraged to grasp what God offers through persistent, prevailing prayer.
Since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation, Atlantic Union Conference Prayer Ministries has hosted a weekly prayer focus each Wednesday, with three separate one-hour sessions. As the situation grew more dire, Yvonne Knight, Atlantic Union Conference Prayer Ministries director, organized a 12-hour Day of Prayer in April 2020 under the theme, “Hope in Troubled Times.”
To date, there have been four Day of Prayer events, with the last two occurring on October 28, 2020, and November 4, 2020, based on the themes “There is Hope” and “Love Awakens,” respectively. By the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit, the two prayer events unexpectedly helped to prepare for the Atlantic Union Conference Virtual Prayer Summit 2020, November 6-7, which was planned prior to the onset of the pandemic. The Prayer Summit was conducted in collaboration with James Black, North American Division Prayer Ministries director.
Hundreds of people called in during the Day of Prayer events, and Knight saw no less interest in the two events—one held days before and the other the day after the U.S. presidential election. “When we planned the ‘There is Hope’ Day of Prayer, we didn’t know that there would be so many challenges [as we neared the election]. . . . It worked out just fine because, for some, it was so needed. Folks could relate [to both themes] because even in the chaos, hope is there, and love awakens,” Knight said. She added that as God blessed both prayer sessions, she and her team received the divine assurance they needed as they finalized plans for the Virtual Prayer Summit.
Hundreds watched the Virtual Prayer Summit live online on AUAM, Facebook, and YouTube, and hundreds more continue to watch the recorded programs. Under the theme “Dear Lord, Please,” many have been blessed by the dynamic speakers and inspirational music from people around the Atlantic Union and North American Division. The event kicked off on Friday night and continued with two additional sessions on Sabbath morning and Sabbath afternoon.
If you missed any of the presentations, you can view them on YouTube as follows, Friday night, November 6, 2020:www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiDYNjECyok; Sabbath morning, November 7, 2020: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYu_daEzEB8; and Sabbath afternoon: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PBwEw8QuaY.