What is prayer?

Prayer is talking to God about life. Scripture is clear that God desires a conversational relationship with people. No subject matter is off-limits in our conversations with God. Honesty and transparency, just showing up, to talk to God is the basis for prayer. We talk and we listen. We ask for stuff that we need such as forgiveness, help, strength, or healing. Sometimes we ask for this stuff on behalf of others such as friends, family, or our community. We admit to God that we cannot and will not do life without that which comes only from His gracious hand. We express gratitude and dependence on grace.

Why pray?

Here are some scriptures that help us understand prayer:

Jesus says:

“When you pray, say,

Father,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.” (Luke 11:2-4, the Message)

 

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. (James 1:5-7, the Message)

“Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open.” (Luke 11:9, the Message)

A prayer of David: “Give your servant a happy life; I put myself in your hands! You’re well-known as good and forgiving, bighearted to all who ask for help. Pay attention, God, to my prayer; bend down and listen to my cry for help. Every time I’m in trouble I call on you, confident that you’ll answer.” (Psalm 86:6-7, the Message)

Stay wide-awake in prayer…let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! (1 Peter 4:7-11, the Message)

Who can pray?

Anytime, anyone, everyone can talk to God. Our times of praying together are open to anyone who shows up.

When?

Praying together is important. Besides being individuals who pray, we are growing together by praying together. Current times of praying together are posted here:

Monday, 9:00 a.m. @ Pastor Roberta’s house

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. @ church sanctuary (fixed hour prayers, can be found @ http://www.explorefaith.org/prayer/prayer/fixed/pray_the_hours.php)

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. @ Kay’s quick stop on hi-way 52

Thursday, 7:30 a.m. (also fixed hour prayers, see Tuesday) @ church sanctuary and 4:30 p.m. at the home of Soni Matias.