Join us for “Mission Unstoppable” -- Wednesday evening (6:45-7:45)
No, it’s not a movie night! This is our united effort to pray together.
How does it work?
We open with a short devotional from the book of Acts, hear a testimony of God’s grace at work in someone’s life, and then we pray.
The coolest people in the church or maybe the most desperate, it’s hard to tell. (Excluding all the cool people serving in Awana or the youth ministry, of course!)
Does God answer our prayers?
Yes, or it will be better than we ask, but either way you definitely want to come.
Do my prayers need to be long?
Jesus loved the short prayer of the tax collector (Luke 18:13). In fact, since God looks at the heart, long prayers for pretense are definitely something we all want to avoid (Mark 12:40)!
What is prayer?
“Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies” (Westminster Shorter Catechism)
Why do we pray?
It depends on who you ask but it’s definitely not hocus pocus. Prayer addresses God as a person, who cares for us, who hears our prayer in Jesus’ name. We pray because Christ prayed. We pray because it’s a delightful duty of God’s children. Prayer appeals to God’s covenantal promise to make His name known among the nations. The early church was “devoted to prayer,” they were constant in prayer and unified. It has been attributed to Matthew Henry for saying, “when God wants to do something special in the world he first gets his people to start praying.”
Can’t I just pray at home?
You can. But personally speaking my prayer is ten times better when I pray with someone else. I’m sure all of our praying improves in community. It was definitely the pattern of the New Testament church. In Acts 1 Jesus ascends into the clouds and the people immediately gather to pray (vv 13-14). It was their gut response, in their very DNA. They didn’t invent praying. They learned it from Jesus, knew it well from the Psalms and the many prayers of God’s people from the Old Testament. The church is how Jesus continues His work in the world. And it’s fitting for us to pray, to seek God’s direction, wisdom, and power. Prayer makes us ready for God to work.
What are we praying for on Wednesday night?
In general we pray for the world, our nation, our communities, our church, our families, and other personal things.
One final plug to come and pray is from Historian J Edwin Orr. He wrote, “no great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer--Christians persistently praying for revival.”
I look forward to seeing you there!
”Expect great thing from God; attempt great things for God” (William Carey)