The Importance of a praying church
One of our core values as a church is PRAYER. In our list of Grace Church Core Values (those shared core beliefs that drive and guide us as a body and as individuals), we affirm our commitment to prayer "...as demonstrated in our worship service, small groups, and requests for individuals to pray. We know God answers prayer and that we need wisdom and direction from Him. God is our source and we commune with Him personally and corporately.
We are a church are about seeking the powerful presence of the Living God ay work among us as we seek to make the glory of Jesus known in our church, throughout our community, and beyond!
From cover to cover of God's Word, God affirms the importance of seeking Him and depending on Him. In Deuteronomy 4:7 Moses says of God: "What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?" Think about that for a minute: God is near to us whenever we seek Him. And in 1 Thessalonians 5:!6-18 is the call for every follower of Jesus to "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." God's will is that we'd seek Him! This is true for us as individuals and as a church family.
The truth is: if God isn't filling us up and feeling our work through dependence on Him, we work in vain. Psalm 127 affirms that. But through our faith in Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit who assures us of God's powerful and undeniable presence, who gives us everything we need for life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:3 says so!
So, if God is near to us whenever we pray and His will is that we'd pray continually and if we know that without His power and presence we work for nothing and He's actually given us everything we need to be the people he's called us to be and to the work, He's called us to do... then let's be people of PRAYER.
God IS and GIVES everything we need...
....to build individuals and families upon the solid rock of Christ and the Word of Christ.
...to be a church where life change is a way of life as we grow in our understanding of the gospel and mature in Christ.
...to influence a community and a county and even a country one life as a time through the power of the gospel
...to reach beyond outdoors to meet God in binding up the wounds of the brokenhearted and proclaiming freedom for the captive!
...to be a church where God is so at work that people can't help but come and see what God is doing here among His people!
Could God really use a church like ours, in a community like ours, with people like us, to change the world around us for the sake for the gospel?
YES. God hears. God answers.
God does great things through men and women, boys and girls who pray! God can and will do great things through churches that pray!
“A prayerful church is a powerful church” ― Charles Spurgeon