Engaging in continual communion with God and declaring our dependence on Him with thanksgiving
But what if our approach to prayer is missing a vital element? The church.
Certainly personal prayer is a necessary discipline for Christians; however, the church has been designed by God to be a community that advances God’s agenda as she prays together! Just take a quick survey of how the early church approached life together (Acts 1:12-14; 2:42; 4:23-31; 12:5)
With these realities in mind, this Fall, we are going to devote our Wednesday evenings to praying together.
Yes, that’s right … a prayer meeting!
No. Not a Bible study.
Not a small group discussion.
Not a preaching service.
Wednesday nights will be devoted to learning to pray … together.
So here’s the plan:
We will open with reading a passage(s) of Scripture together that will direct our prayer for the night. We will highlight the specific points for prayer from the passage(s). Then we will go straight into praying together.
It may be stretching for some, but all of us can grow in learning to pray. It may be uncomfortable for others, but we need to embrace our need for fellowship in prayer. It may not be as exciting as a small group study, a community event, or some high-energy program; but it just may be in fact the most important thing a church does!
You may not be used to coming out on Wednesday nights. You may have never been a part of corporate prayer like this. But, if you are a member of Lebanon Baptist Church, would you commit to making the effort to join your church family in this? May God graciously grow us as individuals and as a church in this; and may God advance His agenda through this church as we learn to devote ourselves to praying together more and more.
Early next week, we will publish a schedule for the prayer agenda each Wednesday this Fall.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)