What is Prayer?
We often think that prayer is us asking God for things but it is much broader, varied, deeper and more interactive than that; prayer is a conversation between us and God. It involves both us speaking to God, and God speaking to us.
When we pray we gain:
1. Intimacy with God
Prayer results in the kind of intimacy and relationship that comes when two people engage in loving, personal conversation.
2. transformation in us
We bring our needs, our world and ourselves into relationship with God through prayer. He speaks to us about them, and as a result we are changed.
3. change in our world
We seek God in prayer over the circumstances and challenges that we and those in our world face. When we do, God moves and brings change to the world around us.
There are numerous references calling us to seek after God (Isaiah 55:6) seek God’s face (2 Chronicles 7:14) and to call upon his name, and these references have both an individual and a corporate dimension (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Tim 2:1-2.)
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
jesus taught us how
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins".
Matthew 6:5-17 (NIV)
3 basic types of prayer
*There are three basic kinds of prayer to God. There is "upward" prayer - praise and thanksgiving that focuses on God himself. We could call this the "prayer of awe." Then there is "inward" prayer - self-examination and confession that bring a deeper sense of sin and, in return, a higher experience of grace and assurance of love. This is the "prayer of intimacy". Finally there is "outward" prayer - supplication and intercession that focuses on our needs and the needs of others in the world. This prayer requires perseverance and often entails struggle.
*Keller, Timothy. Prayer. Hodder & Stoughton. 2014
What is the Prayer Project?
February - March 2018
prayer for everyone
Prayer is an essential ingredient in the life of every Christian because it enables us to know God and make a difference in ourselves and the world around us.
The Prayer Project will encourage us in our prayer, helping us build a real and lasting prayer life. We also expect to see lives transformed and circumstances changed.
one hour, one day.
The Prayer Project is an opportunity for everyone to be involved as we pray across the life of our church for a two month period. We will be praying together throughout February and March 2018 and inviting everyone to pray for one hour, one day every week through February and March.
To join the Prayer Project, simply use the form below telling us about when you will be praying. When we receive your sign up we'll be in touch to tell you more and support you throughout the next few months.
You won't be praying alone - there will be many others praying across each designated day. We will be hosting a WhatsApp group for each day for those who would like to keep in touch, share their prayers and encourage others.
praying for an hour.
For many, praying for an hour can seem daunting. If prayer is new to you, we have some great ideas that will help you to make your hour of prayer a great experience and will be sharing these with everyone that signs up to the Prayer Project.
praying with friends and family.
It's great to pray with friends. Why not arrange to meet with your friends for your hour of prayer and pray together! If you're a family, you could gather with the kids and pray together. Showing our children how great prayer can be is not only important but fun too
Tell us you're joining us for The Prayer Project!