Prayer is our primary means of communication with God and, therefore, has to be a central aspect of the life of every church.

Many people have said Christianity ‘is not about religion but relationship with Jesus’. Well, in any relationship, ‘communication’ is absolutely key and consequently, prayer is central to our relationship with God. 

Jesus is our perfect role model when it comes to prayer. He prayed as priority, it was one of the unmissable features of His life. He prayed passionately & persistently, privately & publicly. We also see the example of Jesus who spent times of isolated intimacy in prayer, as well as practising continual communion with His Father. 

It’s not surprise that Jesus declared “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” (Mark 11:17). A church becomes a ‘house of prayer’ when it is filled with a people of prayer.


We recognise that:

  • Prayer is our primary means of connection & personal communion with God thus enabling us to grow in relationship with Him.
  • In prayer we offer worship, confess sins & bring requests.
  • In prayer we are sustained, fuelled, inspired, directed, encouraged, protected & strengthened in our faith. 
  • In prayer we express our dependence on God; acknowledging that we not in control but He is & that we can trust in His goodness, wisdom, kindness & love for us.
  • It is prayer that so often holds the key to effective Christian living.
  • Prayer changes things’, for prayer is always the definable point at which God moves!

 

“A great part of my time is spent in getting my heart in tune for prayer, because prayer is the link that connects earth to heaven” (Robert Murray McShane)

“The first sign of true spiritual life is prayer, and it is also the means of maintaining spiritual life. Man can as well live physically without breathing as spiritually without praying” (Dr. Guthrie)

“If our mission to this culture is to be more than a marketing campaign; if our acts of Christian mercy are to be anything more than well-meaning social work; if our churches are to be something other than religious clubs; if our voice is to ring out with the authority of prophetic dissonance in contemporary culture; if miracles are to multiply; if the gospel is to be preached ‘with signs following’; if the KoG is truly to be ‘not a matter of talk but of power; if our faith is to be real, deepening, conversational relationship with the living God - we must discover how to pray” (Pete Greig)

“What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organisations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use - men of prayer, men mighty in prayer” (EM Bounds)