Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
"Frankly, many of our churches lack heaven's blessings because they no longer devote the time necessary to prayer. Many churches have abandoned congregational prayer and even the pastoral prayer. When was the last time your pastor and the congregation spent a sustained amount of time in corporate prayer?"
"The prayer life of a typical Western church is anemic at best."
"The weekly evening prayer meeting has gone by the way of the dinosaur or has been replaced by programs. And when we finally get around to praying,we focus on everything but the things of the kingdom."
"Now is the time for pastors and the laity alike to transform their congregations into kingdom-driven churches. A good place to start is with prayer."
R. Alan Streett, Heaven on Earth (Harvest House)
I don't truly know what other churches do, but my sense is that this is correct. ugh, programs replacing prayer, and Bible study and etc.
I agree with you, Jay Becker. Prayer should not just be left up to the Pastor. My heart's prayer is that each church body will strengthen prayer in their own private time, as well.
I wholeheartedly agree!!! And God will add other assignments unto it! I personally have needed to simplify my life too and pray to be able to do it with abandon to God so that I'm on his sure foundation. Thank you for this discussion.
I have to agree. I am the prayer co-coordinator for our little church and we no longer have corporate prayer every other week and we've not had the beginning of the year 40 day fast the past two years. The way I have to keep people praying is gathered a group that volunteered to pray for pastor every day and I frequently send out prayer needs that I am aware of along with a little lesson on what prayer, specifically how powerful corporate prayer is. I pray that the Holy Spirit will put in on pastors heart to get back to basics in our church prayer life. I know my pastor hears from the Lord and I fully expect our church to become a house of prayer and worship.The other problem I see is that people don't ask for prayer. I find out people have been struggling and never ask for prayer. I had our IT person put on icon on our website for prayer request about 3 months ago and received only 3 prayer requests. Prayer is the most important and powerful tool we have and it truly gets me closer to my Lord.
Shalom, Amen to that R. Alan Streett! Your statement: "The weekly evening prayer meeting has gone by the way of the dinosaur or has been replaced by programs. And when we finally get around to praying,we focus on everything but the things of the kingdom." is so very right on the money. Prayer meetings that are more like Bible Studies or mini sermons take us away from what The L-RD truly desires us to be, a people of prayer. When I was a lad we would go to my Aunt Mae's home every Thursday for what they called Cottage Prayer meetings. Arrive there at 6:00 P.M. and leave sometime near 11:00 or so. At least my mom and dad and an couple other folks would leave, a few of the other folks would stay way longer. Prayer is the fuel that fires a fellowship. Sadly now it's no more than the little slips of paper in the little loaf box on the table that counts as reading The Word.