“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing!”
Acts 2:42 says that the members of the Early Church were “continually devoting themselves to…prayer.” Prayer is commanded in the Scriptures — “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 ). It was also modeled by our Lord – “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). And we find that it was faithfully practiced by His disciples – “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer…” (Acts 1:14).
Since the Early Church put such an emphasis on prayer, we believe that it should be a priority for every church, as well as each individual believer. As Martin Luther put it,
“As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”
As seen over and over in the Scriptures, God works in the lives of His people individually, and in the church corporately, when they pray!
We offer several opportunities throughout the week for prayer:
Early Bird Prayer Meeting — Sundays 8:00-8:30 AM
Every Sunday morning we invite everyone to join us for a half-hour of prayer before the Sunday services. This is a time during which we lift up the services that morning, ask for God’s blessing upon them, and ask that He would be glorified. We pray that the preaching and teaching of the Word would be clear and Biblical, we pray that the believers would encourage and build up one another, and we pray for the unbelievers in our midst that they would come to Christ. It is also a wonderful time of personal worship, preparing our hearts for our time with the Lord and our church family that morning.
Weekly Prayer List (Emailed Every Tuesday)
We also have a running list of all the prayer requests of the Body. This gets sent out to the whole church every week. That list can then be prayed through by the different families or in each person’s individual prayer time. (To receive the prayer e-mail or to submit a prayer request to be added to the list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Home Fellowship Groups (Various Days of the Week)
Prayer is also emphasized at our Home Fellowship Groups. Often the groups will pray for the needs on the Prayer List. Other times they will go around the room and pray for the needs represented there. These are rich times of fellowship as together we bring our requests to God.