Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2

            Throughout its long history, the Christian Civic League has relied on the prayers of countless individuals to meet needs, reach legislators, equip workers, and encourage spirits. Indeed, as we look back over the years, we know that the organization has accomplished nothing of lasting value apart from the prayers of Christians across the state. For many years, the League formalized these partnerships through a Prayer Network, in which faithful individuals received specific prayer needs from the League in a monthly letter and then brought these requests before God. Now, the League is excited to announce that this network will soon be revived under the willing and able leadership of Pastor Eric Hanson.

Pastor Hanson, who is a native Mainer along with his wife of 41 years, Nancy, is the pastor of Hosanna Church in Oxford. Having been on the pastoral staff of Hosanna Church for 35 years and an integral part of a local Pastors’ Prayer Fellowship, Pastor Hanson is certainly familiar with the needs of ministries in Maine and the powerful ways in which God meets those needs. He also has a long history with the League, explaining that, “For many years, Hosanna Church was a financial partner with the League, starting on and off in the days of Ben Bubar, who spoke here a couple of times.” He notes that Hosanna Church began financially supporting the League on a monthly basis from the mid-1980’s onward and that he himself became involved with the CCL’s Prayer Partnership Network, eventually writing the Network’s monthly newsletter. Sensing God’s leading to revive the Prayer Network, Pastor Hanson says, “I believe strongly in informed prayer partners having a real impact. I believe that we can pray across the miles in agreement with each other as we coordinate together around timely prayer needs shared by the League.” He believes that coordinated prayer is powerful and wants God to use the Prayer Partnership Network to accomplish many things, including the provision of accurate information to prayer partners and assurance that “…God is building His Army of Prayer Warriors, even here in Maine, more and more.”

The League is deeply grateful for the leadership of Pastor Hanson on this important effort, and we are both excited and humbled by the revival of a coordinated, vibrant prayer ministry on behalf of our organization. We look forward to seeing how God works through the prayers of His people. After all, we know that “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5: 16).

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Christian Civic League’s Prayer Partnership Network, please email our main office at As Pastor Hanson notes, “We are blessed to live in a time when God has given us tools that can be used to tie us together in powerful and effective ways! Let’s rejoice in that and let’s partner together in prayer and in our Lord Jesus Christ!”