Prayer. A spiritual discipline that can be overlooked, overcomplicated, oversimplified… Many of us don’t even think about prayer. Many of us just use it as a distress call in the moment when something is going wrong. While there is nothing wrong with calling out for help when we need it most, prayer can be so much more meaningful, fulfilling, and deeper than that. There are over 650 prayers recorded in the Bible: prayers of faith, dedication, worship,
supplication, thanksgiving, confession, and even more. Prayer is definitely not overlooked in the Bible.
If I’m being honest, my prayer life can be pretty inconsistent. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing really well, other times it’s almost like I have forgotten how to pray at all. But most of the time it’s somewhere in the middle. Recently, I went through a time where I was praying and praying, but I didn’t feel like anything was happening. There wasn’t a yes, no, maybe, or wait. It was just silence. It wasn’t until I slowed down and really truly poured my heart out to God that I realized what was really going on. I was praying and hoping that my prayers and my will for the situation to change would be what instigated the change. But God wants me to pray with the faith and assurance that He is the one who can ultimately do something.
This experience inspired me to plan a night where we, as a church, could rediscover (or discover for the first time) what prayer is really about. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” This is something we do on Sunday mornings through corporate worship, but we want to give people this opportunity in a different setting. Our hope is to encourage people in their prayer life through music, scripture, and, of course, prayer. We will be walking through the acronym ACTS: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Each of these words has the potential to strengthen and deepen the way we pray. The members of the worship team will share scripture on each word, then there will be a time of worship through music with a focus on that idea, and then there will be a time of prayer either on your own or with those around you.
We will be meeting at One Restaurant from 6:30-8:00pm. While children are certainly welcome at this event, childcare will also be provided for kids Pre-School and under (Click here to register).
We are so excited about this opportunity to worship together through music and prayer. We hope that it draws us together as a church and encourages us all to take the next step in deepening our prayer lives.