Church's Purpose to Love God Expressed Through Prayer

Communicating with and Working in Cooperation with God
 

The Priority of Prayer:

  • be faithful in prayer (Rom. 12:12)
  • devote yourselves to prayer (Col. 4:2)
  • pray continually (1 Thess. 5:17)
  • pray in the Spirit on all occasions (Eph. 6:18)
     

The Program for Prayer:

  • sometimes we go apart in solitude to pray (Matt. 6:6; Mk. 1:35; Lk. 5:16) and sometimes we come together in community to pray (Matt. 18:19-20; Acts 1:14; 12:12; 20:36; 21:5)
  • sometimes we follow a pattern in our prayers (Matt. 6:7-13) and sometimes we pray spontaneously as the Spirit leads (Eph. 6:18)
  • we pray for everyone (Eph. 6:18; 1 Tim. 2:1-4) and we pray for everything (Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:7)
     

The Process for Prayer:

  • be alert/watchful in prayer (Col. 4:2; 1 Pet. 4:7)
  • be authentic in prayer (Matt. 6:5-8)
  • be eternally minded in prayer (Lk. 22:40-46; Jn. 17:20-23)
  • be fervent in prayer (James 5:16-18)
  • be full of faith in prayer (Matt. 21:22; Mk. 11:24; Heb. 11:6)
  • be helped by the Spirit in prayer (Rom. 8:26-27; Eph. 6:18)
  • be persistent in prayer (Lk. 18:1-8)
  • be right before God in prayer (Ps. 66:18; Prov. 15:8, 29; 28:9; Heb. 10:19-22; James 5:16; 1 Pet. 3:12)
  • be thankful in prayer (Col. 4:2)
  • be varied in prayer (Eph. 6:18)
     

The Product of Prayer:

  • God works out of the wealth of His resources and power. (Eph. 3:20-21; James 5:13-20)
  • God protects us with His peace. (Phil. 4:6-7)
  • God helps us. (Ps. 18:6; 20:7-8; Heb. 4:14-16; James 1:5; 1 Jn. 5:14-15)
  • God is near to us. (Ps. 145:18)
  • God is honored. (Acts 10:4)
     
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The Church Purpose Ministry Manual provides some additional input and questions for you to reflect on regarding the priority, program, process, and end result (product) of prayer in your church.
 

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