We Are a Praying Community
We value prayer because God does. When Christ walked the earth, he taught us “always to pray and not lose heart” (Lk 18:1; 21:36). It is no surprise than that the apostle Paul would later call all the churches everywhere to be “constant in prayer” (Rom 12:12), “praying at all times” (Eph 6:18), “continue steadfastly in prayer” (Col 4:2) and to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). Prayer is the heartbeat of our church and one of the grandest sources of power available to all of our ministries. Therefore, we not only pray corporately on Sundays, individually in our homes, and together when we meet in small groups, but we have a ministry entirely devoted to prayer for the church and city.
Why We Pray
The first humans were created by God as priest-kings, entrusted with the privilege and responsibility to watch over and work the place where God dwelled: the garden. As Christians, we’ve been re-created by God as priest-kings in Christ, entrusted with the privilege and responsibility to watch over and work the place where God now dwells: the church. Our aim is to devote ourselves to prayer as the early church did (Acts 2:42) because that’s what watchmen do, taking no rest and giving God no rest (Isaiah 62:6-7) until He finishes building His church. We call upon the name of the LORD (Genesis 4:26) to do what He’s told us in the Bible He plans to do for the establishment of His kingdom. One way we express this commitment is by gathering on Friday evenings to lift our voices corporately (Acts 4:24) in confession, thanksgiving, and petitions.