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"The weekly evening prayer meeting has gone by the way of the dinosaur or has been replaced by programs.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)
In most churches, there's no 'living memory' of true congregational prayer so they have no idea how to do it. The pastor didn't grow up in a praying church. He wasn't taught how to lead congregational prayer in seminary. So even when he makes attempts to call his congregation to pray, he fails and begins to believe that the congregation doesn't want to pray.
Yes I agree, because we don't pray in church or have prayer meetings as much, how can we teach our young people how to pray? or show them how important it is? Or talk about answers to prayer much more see the answers.
So many people think they have to have right words or long sermon like prayers and are afraid of what people
will think of their prayer. We forget it is just talking to our Heavenly Father. And so much more important these days
we are talking to the commander and chief or the Heavenly armies, who helps us fight evil, and gives us strength and protection as we do.
Agree. I was told the reason one church I am familiar with didn't have prayer meetings was few came so it was felt not profitable. I often think that is why Matthew 18:19-20 is in our Bibles. Anywhere we can garner the presence of our Lord is always profitable. He is not into numbers.
Gerone, as our churches prayers coordinator I have tried and tried, but not much happens. I am by myself in the prayer room on Sunday morning before the service begins to pray for the service. I pray throughout the worship and preaching. I so long for our church to be a house of prayer and worship. We are working on getting our own building and I tell them once we have our own church, not leasing a building, they will come and are we going to be ready? I have a precious lady that on board with me. Thank you for sharing, I don't feel so alone, not that I am, because I do have the Holy Spirit and of courser our greatest intercessor - Jesus. God's blessings be with you. Martha.