Prayer. The gift of God that allows us to communicate with and hear from Him. Through it we can make our requests known. We can pour out our hearts to our Creator and Savior. In prayer, we have access to the throne room of God. Through prayer we receive guidance and direction. We can know God intimately through prayer, and yet, prayer is one of the most underutilized disciplines of the spiritual life.
Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:17). The request of the disciples to Jesus wasn’t “teach us to heal” or “teach us to perform miracles,” but was “teach us to pray.” The disciples saw that Jesus spent time each day praying to the Father before the work of ministry ever began. They knew prayer to be the power source for the life and ministry of the Messiah, and therefore, wanted to know how to pray as Jesus prayed.
Today, we have the Spirit of God and the Word of God to guide our prayers, and still we find it difficult to consistently pray. This post is not designed to diagnose why this is the case, nor is it intended to exhaustively explain the importance or place of prayer in the life of a follower of Jesus.
I recently tweeted,
“Prayer must be the engine that drives everything done in the local church. Without prayer all activity is done with the limit of our ability.”
I’m sure that is not original to me, but is probably a combination of things I have recently read and studied when it comes to the topic and discipline of prayer. We need to pray individually, and we need to come together as the church and pray.
In light of this need, Colonial Heights will begin opening the Worship Center on Tuesday mornings from 6:30-7:30am for the body of Christ to come together and pray. This is not the traditional Southern Baptist “prayer meeting” where we spend much of our time hearing a devotional thought or Bible study followed by 5-10 minutes of prayer. This meeting will be primarily dedicated to praying, both individually and together with those who have gathered.
Here is what the typical morning will look like:
Someone will lead the meeting by sharing a very brief call to prayer. This could be a passage of scripture, a great quote about prayer, or something else. We will distribute a prayer sheet focusing on a selection of verses followed by how our prayer for that morning will be guided by what we see in these verses. You’ll then be released to walk throughout the worship center, find a seat, kneel at the altar, or lie face down as you cry out to God. We will have soft music playing to create a worshipful environment for prayer. Feel free to open your Bible, bring a journal to record things that God speaks to you as you pray, or simply focus on the prayer sheet for that morning. We will gather together once again around 7:20 to wrap up our time so you can leave by 7:30 to make it to work.
Throughout history, all great revivals began when the people of God took prayer seriously. It is the desire of the staff and leadership of Colonial Heights to see God break out in revival, not only in our church, but in our community, state, nation and world. This will not happen through a program. It will only happen through prayer. We are praying that this time together on Tuesday mornings will be catalytic in seeing God move in and through the Body of Christ at Colonial Heights Baptist Church.
Please join us next Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30am as we cry out to God together!
Rest in Jesus,