Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


October 26, 2010

Dear Friend,

Some time ago a leader at Willow Creek, whose name I wish I remembered, taught a wonderful  kind of prayer called the One-One-One prayer covenant.


Pray for one person a day for one minute for one month.


Think of a person you know who as far as you know is outside of the church.  He or she may be a family member or a neighbor, a fellow employee or someone you know in your community.


Praying for a minute doesn’t sound very long until you try it!  Believe me it is plenty of time to pray for the person’s well-being, health, family and relationships, work, neighbors, openness to faith in the person of Jesus and that he or she would know our Lord’s blessed future and a hope.


When you pray for one person a day for one minute for one month, several things happen.

            Our Lord who hears you will answer your prayers.

                        You will begin to see this person through the eyes of Jesus.

                                    You become one step in this person’s journey of faith.


A wonderful way to help people in your church or fellowship group grow a missional heart for the people in their lives is to invite them to join you for one month with each person praying for one minute a day for someone in their life who is not a part of the life of the church.


“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.  At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.”


“Conduct yourselves wisely towards outsiders, making the most of the time.*  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.”  Colossians 4:2-6*


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2010 E. Stanley Ott           

*Scripture from the NRSV