About a dozen ministers braved the icy weather to meet with and pray over lawmakers at the Capitol in Little Rock yesterday morning. Several of us joined legislators for breakfast in the cafeteria beforehand to talk about the pressures elected officials face and offer support and encouragement. Afterwards, we met in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building for corporate and individual prayer. About 25 lawmakers came to meet with pastors throughout the course of the morning.
This is a very successful start. I’ve been going to the Capitol for over two decades, and I have to say ministers are some of the people you are least likely to find out there. Normally, one or two pastors are called on each day to open the House and Senate chambers with prayer. That’s it.
The fact that so many pastors and lawmakers were willing to take time out of their busy schedules to meet for prayer and fellowship is significant. I believe it marks the beginning of something that could transform the Arkansas Legislature.
We’ve said from the beginning the goal is to help ministers pray over our elected officials and develop Christ-centered relationships with our lawmakers. That doesn’t happen in one meeting. That’s why we are encouraging different pastors to come to the Capitol daily; walk the halls; visit with lawmakers; offer prayer and encouragement; and simply be salt and light. If you or your pastor is interested in coming to the Capitol, please give us a call at 501-375-7000 .
Our next Pastors Prayer Assembly will be in February. We hope to have even more ministers and lawmakers join us at that time. Give us a call if you would like to know more about how you can be involved.
Below is a link to a well-written story about the prayer meeting that appeared on page 4A of today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.