The 36th Annual Christian Prayer Lunch will feature American professional golfer, Scottie Scheffler. In September 2022, Scheffler was named PGA Tour Player of the Year. This award capped off a year in which he earned his place atop the Official World Golf Rankings by winning the WGC-DELL Technologies Matchplay and sealed his fourth title in just six starts by dominating the field in Augusta to win his first Major Championship at The Masters in April 2022.
As an organization, we’re excited to continue our annual event and build upon last year’s meeting, which featured comedian and author Michael Jr. During the lunch, Michael Jr. shared the story of how God transformed his life and the ways that we can listen between the gaps for what God is trying to do in our lives. Each year’s event offers a new opportunity to invite those who need to hear about the way that Jesus changes lives. Bringing together men and women from across Fort Worth and Tarrant County, our annual event exists not only to hear from an inspiring speaker but to also pray for our local, state, and national leaders.
Building Each Other and Our Community Up
Scripture says we ought to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV) and “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, [by] not giving up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV). The last several years have made meeting together more complex, but by taking our event online with baseball legend and author Bary Zito and returning to an in-person meeting last year with Michael Jr., we’re excited to continue our part in encouraging one another and building up our community in Christ.
We know there is power when believers in Christ gather, whether it’s in a church building, in homes, at work, online, or anywhere else.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20 NIV).
The Christian Prayer Lunch is committed to supporting the spread of Jesus’ good news and lifting our leaders and community to the Lord in prayer because the prayers of believers can make a difference in our city, state, and country.
So, as you make plans for 2023, consider these three reasons to join us for the 36th Annual Christian Prayer Lunch, Tuesday, April 25, at noon.
1. Lunch is here to stay
You read that right. The Christian Prayer Breakfast has made the move to be the Christian Prayer Lunch. We found that this shift to noon enables more individuals to participate and be involved who may have had family or work commitments.
If you haven’t been able to join us before, please consider setting aside time in your schedule to be a part of this special time of prayer and inspiration. If you’ve been a part of our events in the past as an attendee or table sponsor, start thinking now about who you’ve invited before and who you might want to invite to this special event to hear the good news of Jesus.
2. You’ll hear an inspiring story from professional golfer Scottie Scheffler
This year’s keynote speaker is American professional golfer, Scottie Scheffler. He decided to turn professional in 2018 after a phenomenal collegiate career at the University of Texas. The Texas native represented the USA four times as an amateur at the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, the 2013 Spirit International, the 2016 Eisenhower Trophy, and the 2017 Walker Cup. He earned his place atop the Official World Golf Rankings by winning the WGC-DELL Technologies Matchplay and sealed his fourth title in just six starts by dominating the field in Augusta to win his first Major Championship at The Masters, in April 2022.
In September, Scheffler was named the 2022 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, earning the Jack Nicklaus Award for the first time. He and his wife, Meredith, are very active with many charities including CGF, Behind Every Door, The Human Impact, West Dallas Community School, ACT (Advocates for Community Transformation), & TOKC (Triumph Over Kids Cancer). They are active members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
In his press conference following his win at The Masters, Scheffler said:
“The reason why I play golf is I’m trying to glorify God and all that He’s done in my life. So for me, my identity isn’t a golf score. Like Meredith told me this morning, ‘If you win this golf tournament today, if you lose this golf tournament by 10 shots, if you never win another golf tournament again,’ she goes, ‘I’m still going to love you, you’re still going to be the same person, Jesus loves you and nothing changes.’ All I’m trying to do is glorify God and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I’m in this position.”
At the Christian Prayer Lunch, you’ll hear Scheffler’s inspiring story of his faith in Jesus.
3. It’s a low-pressure way to invite someone who needs to hear the good news of Jesus.
This lunch is an opportunity to invite that friend, family member, or colleague that you know needs to hear about Jesus. They may not be ready to walk through the doors of a church (or maybe they did and didn’t think it was for them), but they would be interested in lunch and hearing a winner of The Masters golf tournament talk about their life as a professional athlete.
There’s probably someone that comes to mind that you think might like to attend. So, make that call. Send that text. Or start typing that email right now. Let them know that they’re on your mind, and that you’d like them to join you for this special event. It may be the spark or the next step in a journey that leads them to ask questions about who God is, what Jesus did on the cross, and how to be saved.
Mark your calendars, and plan to hear Scottie Scheffler on April 25, 2023, at noon, at Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. Watch our website for more event updates and to get tickets!