Prayer at Morningview
Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our communion with God. When believers live in the habit of prayer, our sense of God’s presence is greater, our faith is strengthened in communion with Him, and our lives are increasingly shaped into the likeness of Christ. What is true for the individual believer is also true of the local church. When churches faithfully and earnestly pray with one another, our life as a community grows in the sense of His presence, in faith, and more and more into the likeness of Christ.
But corporate prayer is not simply for our own local church. It’s also for the kingdom of Christ, for the spread of the gospel and awakening to the glory of God. Throughout church history, every great movement of the Spirit has been preceded by the earnest prayers of God’s people for the outpouring of His Spirit. Many people know that the First Great Awakening was ignited by means of the faithful preaching of Jonathan Edwards, his sermons on justification, and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. But few people know that before Jonathan Edwards preached those sermons, the church prayed faithfully for the work of the Spirit.
The Bible teaches that God’s people should pray together. The early church prayed together (Acts 1:14; 2:42; 4:24; 12:5, 12), and Paul’s first point of instruction to Timothy at the church of Ephesus was to urge them to pray together (1 Tim 2:1-2). Prayer is one of the “ordinary means of grace” that God has given to the church for the salvation and sanctification of His people (Acts 4:24). The church, therefore, must faithfully pray together.
Here is what corporate prayer at Morningview Baptist Church looks like:
- We begin each Sunday evening at 5:00pm.
- We’ll sing songs of praise to our God.
- We’ll have a very brief devotion on prayer.
- We’ll be directed to pray by a pastor.
- The people in the congregation will spend about 35 minutes in prayer, using many different methods, including prayers in small groups, praying through prayer guides, portions of Scripture, for our children, for missionaries and missions, for specific requests, and prayers of thanksgiving.
In addition to our corporate meeting, we also have a prayer forum available for our members on our website. To join in our daily prayer together, you can login to our forums here.
We hope you’ll join us for this important aspect of the life of the church. Our faithful prayers together will be a means of God’s grace and they will strengthen us in love for one another, for the lost, and for the advancement of God’s great kingdom.
To learn more about the Bible’s call for believers to pray in the local church, listen to Pastor Tom’s sermon on corporate prayer.