Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Small or large, charismatic or evangelical, liturgical or contemporary ...
Every congregation is called to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7) ...
It has also said that every church prays but not every church is a praying church ...
So we ask,
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Love your story - may God continue to bless your prayers and keep answering those prayers into the lives of the people you are praying for!
My take on list praying:
"For and with" ~ AMEN!
Dr Hughes and Phil, thanks for sharing your experiences. They are insightful and honest.
A number of years ago, as an outgrowth of our Men's Prayer Ministry, a group of men agreed to assemble in a small space behind the pulpit to pray during each worship service. Throughout the service these groups of 5-6 men pray for what is occurring at that moment in the Worship Center, for the needs of various ministries, for the needs of the church staff and their families, and for the work of the Holy Spirit within the congregation. Our Senior Pastor has commented about how he can feel the power of our prayers manifested in his preaching. I believe this Under The Pulpit ministry has also been a key factor in sustaining a prayer focus throughout the church. Several small corporate prayer teams have been formed since the establishment of the UTP ministry.
I would say that when you see answered prayers and people lives being transformed. I think the step or stages would be for me a heart that pleases God, that we seek him in spirit and in trusth . I prayed that my church would become a more house of prayer.
I hope this isn't too off-topic, but I'd like to ask a question of the group. As background, I would say that our church would not be characterized as a praying church. Our leaders certainly pray and value prayer, and I'm sure many people in the church have strong prayer lives. But as a church, we don't emphasize prayer that much.
I think a part of our issue is that when we encourage people to ask for prayer, we tend to (unintentionally, I think) portray prayer as a "crisis management tool". Are you sick? Come for prayer. Lost your job? Come for prayer. Family problems? Come for prayer.
I certainly believe in praying for the areas in which people are struggling, but we're not great at getting people to see prayer as more than just a "fix my life" sort of exercise. We struggle, I think, to get people to see prayer as a deeper relationship with God, with discerning and responding to God's heart, seeking his will and work in our lives, etc.
So my question is this: For anyone whose church is good at doing this, how do you encourage people to seek prayer (and to pray themselves) around God's deeper work in and through their lives? How do you get your congregation past the "crisis management" view of prayer? What means do you use, and how do you word your offers to pray for people?
Thanks for anything you can share!
Praying for you this morning, Phil.
Your prayers were heard, Andrew ...
Congregation was flexible and open in the Spirit. A good number came early or stayed for the 2nd service. Good concert of prayer in between.
Great questions Phil. Thanks for asking.
The true characteristic of a praying church can be discovered when the Pastor leads by example in prayer, provides biblical teaching on prayer based upon Old Testament and New Testament principles. Once prayer has been modeled in the life of a Pastor and is permeated through the lives of Elders, Deacons, and through the congregation where prayer is experienced as a relationship with Father God through Jesus Christ, and not as a program, then we can see a church that can be called a praying church.
Based upon my experiences in my current church and other churches I have been a part of, I have experienced people who have a passion for prayer to pray about prayer – pray that the Lord will raise up a generation of people after His heart who will pray for revival and pray for the things that are on His heart – to know, love Him, His people and all creation. Getting good biblical teachings is very important in bringing understanding of why prayer is important.
Prayer becomes valued when people see the faithfulness of the Lord through answered prayers and it motivates people who have passions to pray to connect with multiple small groups in my church.
Our pastor is the primary champion of prayer in my church, but the Lord has actually used multiple champions of young adults, middle aged adults and as well as senior adults.