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To make it to New Life’s time of corporate prayer, you’ll have to rise, but you may not be ready to shine at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Without a doubt, it’s worth every minute of sleep you may be giving up.
If you’ve never experienced a New Life prayer meeting, you may not know what to expect. Allen Duty, Preaching Pastor, answers ten questions to help us better understand what Tuesday mornings are all about.
We are commanded to pray. Most of the commands to pray in Scripture are addressed to the church, not to individuals. Personal prayer is important. But, I believe corporate prayer is even more
For a Christian, prayer is not optional. If we believe Jesus’ words that apart from him, we can do nothing, we will pray. And if we truly believe that God hears us and answers us when we pray, we will pray. The honest truth is that most don’t pray, or don’t pray more
Anyone, but we desire that every member who is able will join us as often as they can. It is my dream that we would have to move the weekly prayer meeting to the Gathering Room because most of our members attend every week.
There’s no particular reason for meeting on Tuesdays, other than it’s not a Monday (nobody likes Monday mornings). The time is more intentional. Most people are so busy they cannot afford another night out during the week. But nearly everyone can wake up earlier and come to pray before heading to work, to class, or to run errands.
We spend time reading, praying through the sermon text for the following Sunday, and then for the people and ministries of our church.
We begin with God’s Word, which informs us what to pray for and how to pray.
We read the passage and ask three questions:
1) How can we praise God from this passage?
2) How can we confess our sin in light of this passage?
3) How can we petition God from this passage?
We started praying this way after reading Tim Keller’s excellent book on prayer (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God). Keller points out that most Christians simply go through a list of requests, and then run out of things to pray for. Our model has been practiced by Christians for hundreds of years.
Modern Christians tend to spend a great deal of time listening to teaching and preaching, but almost no time in prayer and reflection over the Scripture that they’re hearing taught or preached.
Reading and then praying through the upcoming sermon text gives us time to reflect and pray, and better prepares us to receive the Word preached the following Sunday.
Scripture commands us to pray for the church and its ministry, the advance of the Gospel, government and ministry leaders, and those who are persecuted for their faith, among other things.
Aunt Sally’s broken finger is a cause for concern. And the neighbor’s missing dog (depending on whom you ask) is a tragedy. Christians can, and perhaps
No one who comes to prayer meeting has to pray out loud or is asked to pray without notice. You can come and participate silently if you wish - and we would love for you to do so.
There is no better place to learn to pray
Wonderful! Whether you can come once a month, once a quarter, or once a year, we would love for you to participate as often as you can.Please don’t fail to attend at all just because you can’t come every week.
To conclude, NL prayer time is much bigger than one hour on Tuesdays. The hour flows over into the week to help me remember to pray for our elders, our church, our missionaries and for the lost. It daily ingrains the three tenets of praise, confession, and petition into my heart as I meditate on the scriptures we read and how we’ve prayed. It forges bonds between NL Christian brothers and sisters that I normally wouldn’t cross paths with. I’m not a morning person. Getting up in time is an interpersonal spiritual discipline, to be sure. But, one that, through the grace of God, I’ve learned to love.