Pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards once said, “The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” The mission that God has given us (to make disciples of all peoples) is a mission that must be driven and fueled by prayer.
We have weekly prayer times on Sunday mornings (starting at 8:30 am) and Tuesday mornings (starting at 7:00 am). We also have a monthly International prayer time where we pray for current events. persecuted believers around the world, and for missionaries serving in other countries.
We encourage the church to:
1. MAKE A PLAN TO PRAY
When are you going to set aside time to read God’s Word slowly and prayerfully? How much time are you going to devote each day? What are you going to “fast from” so that you can devote more time to prayer and God’s Word? Who are you going to pray with and when?
2. PRAY WITH YOUR BIBLE OPEN
The best way to pray is to pray with your Bible open. Sometimes we are at a loss and do not know what or how to pray. Jesus knows and understands this struggle and sought to help the first disciples with this very thing in Luke 18:1-13. Let the Scriptures teach you and let them shape your prayers. I also encourage you to consider using the “A.C.T.S.” acronym as a way to think about the different ingredients involved in prayer: A-adoration, C-confession, T-thanksgiving, S-supplication. Two fantastic and faith-stirring books on prayer that have helped me are Tim Keller’s Prayer: Experiencing Awe & Intimacy with God and A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper.
3. PRAY SPECIFICALLY
In light of God's Word, what specifically are we asking God to do? Our prayers often end up being very general and vague, which doesn’t usually require faith or stir our faith. We want to become a people who learn to pray very specifically in light of scripture.