Prayer at Family Camp
As someone who didn’t grow up going to camp, I was very excited to experience Family Camp at Hope Shores. I didn’t know what to expect, but knew that it would be a good time since everyone else coming was expecting a great weekend.
First of all, Hope Shores is a beautiful place. Everywhere you turn, you can experience the beauty and peacefulness of being at Rice Lake. After a long and busy week in the city, I found that Hope Shores was the right place to be. Not only did I get to enjoy the peacefulness of camp, but throughout the weekend I found renewed hope from my fellow campers.
Family sharing time on Sunday morning was my highlight of the weekend. Our sharing time was a very safe place to share prayer requests and encourage each other. I was personally encouraged by learning about the prayer legacy of camp and how prayer has played a crucial role in many families’ lives. There were many vulnerable moments during our sharing time, but I know for a fact that everyone who shared felt safe, encouraged and supported.
At the end of our time together, our large group got into a circle, held hands and prayed for one another and for the prayer requests that were mentioned. Philippians 4:6 reminds us to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God. So that’s what we did, and you could just feel God’s presence during our prayer time. We were all different family units, holding hands in the prayer circle, but we were all unified as the body of Christ.
I can see how sharing and prayer time is unique to the camp experience, but I also want the emphasis on prayer to continue after Hope Shores. Once at home, I think we all long for a support network and people that we can go to with anything that’s weighing us down and ask for prayer together. As best as possible, I want to bring sharing and praying time home. Praying and sharing doesn’t only have to remain at camp, but can be something that I intentionally and continuously pursue.
Let’s continue to be bold in prayer, together.