What is Prayer?
Simply put, Prayer is a conversation with God
Prayer Isn’t a Formula You Have to Get Right
Do you ever feel like you have to pray just right, or it won’t work? Have you felt like your prayer wasn’t answered because you didn’t have enough faith or pray long enough? You don't need to use the right phrase or pray for some set time. The Lord already knows our needs. Remember prayer is a conversation, you are talking with God, not to Him. Open your heart and speak freely. He longs to hear our voices. He is faithful and will respond to His children. Yet Jesus reassured His disciples with these words:
When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that their gods will hear them because their prayers are long. Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7-8 (Good News Bible)
As a conversation we need to listen for His voice in return. No, this does not necessarily mean you will hear a physical voice. But something inside you will open and you will know he Holy Spirit is communicating with you. God may let you know His answer and direction in different ways. Listening for His reply is perhaps more important than our talking to Him.
The purpose of prayer is not so much to get what we want, but to glorify God in Heaven.
Jesus lifted His eyes to Heaven and prayed, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You” John 17:1 (NIV)
When we pray we should thank God for blessings He has provided. Tell Him the burdens we carry and decisions we need to make. Ask Him for forgiveness for our sins. Tell Him our needs and ask for His help. Just talk with Him. He desires to be your best friend!
Can having others pray with & for me really help? Yes!
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him ... Acts 12:5 (NIV)
How can we pray with you?
- Is there anything that you are thanking God for right now that we can celebrate with you?
- What concerns are you bringing to God that we can pray for along with you?
- You matter to us, we will be praying for you!
If you would like our prayer team to pray for you, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes our prayer needs are very personal and we are uncomfortable to openly share. That is Okay. You can send your prayer request directly to our pastor and it will be held in confidence. PastorBill@countrycov.org
Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
We want prayer to be our first line of offense and defense in any and every circumstance—as a church and as individuals, couples and families.