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Prayer: My Story (Part 3)

21 Days of Prayer — January 13 to February 3
This month we are featuring interviews with SunRidgers highlighting their understanding and perspectives on prayer…

Cindy’s Story

Who introduced you to prayer and how has your prayer life grown and changed over the years?

August 1979 - my now (not then) friend Reina. She had just days before confronted me with the challenging, life changing question “who is in control of your life anyways?” to which I replied “I am - of course!”…. and her famous retort, which got me to reevaluate everything I did not know about “surrender”: “you’re not doing a very good job of that are you?!?!” SHE prayed OUT LOUD in the Minneapolis airport as she came to say goodbye to me as I returned to live in the “tundra” of Grande Prairie AB. I now, take great joy in praying for, and with people “out loud” in a variety of life’s places and situations.

If someone were to ask you why you pray, what would you say?

Because Jesus taught us HOW, because He and the “faith fathers” of all time prayed… because I need to “talk to God”, it centers and grounds my wayward spirit and mind, and ultimately can change my otherwise “self led” actions & decisions.

What are you learning about prayer?

Spend MORE time in adoration (focus on WHO God is), confession and thanksgiving for all He has already done and is doing in and around my life. And less time on supplication. I am also enjoying returning to a practice of using the Psalms to guide my prayers for myself and others. I love being reminded how the the details of the situations, or crisis, in the Old Testament which resulted in many of the Psalms being written, didn’t CHANGE a whole lot - particularly right away. Yet the Psalms do NOT forsake continuing to persevere to acknowledge who God is and a total surrender to Him in spite of circumstances.

Why do you think it is important to gather and pray together as a community?

Praying with and being prayed for by loving brothers and sisters in the faith is a privilege and a great blessing - particularly when a situation is so stressful or challenging, that I (or others ) are stuck with how to pray it through. It also gives us the added blessing to watch for, see and proclaim the various ways God has heard and responded to the prayers of His people!

 
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Norm’s Story

Who introduced you to prayer and how has your prayer life grown and changed over the years?

I would have to say that I was “introduced” to prayer by the pastor of the first church I ever intentionally attended. His name is Del McKenzie and it was during his ministry in Grande Prairie, Alberta that I came to faith. His deep command of the truths of scripture and his gracious manner in dealing with sinners, such as myself, drew me, along with the Holy Spirit of course, to make a profession of faith.


As far as my prayer life growing - I think it more accurate to say my prayer life has evolved (Can a Christian not be considered a heretic using that word?) more than anything. My early prayer life centered around what I wanted and not on what God wanted for me. Throwing up a laundry list of “To Do’s/Wants” has changed into a broader view of my circle of influence and the needs of others within that sphere. I would certainly hope that through prayer, for others and their needs, I’ve become more empathetic toward other people instead of being so “black and white” as during my early Christian years.


If someone were to ask you why you pray, what would you say?

Prayer allows me to have time alone with God in a way that enables me to quiet myself and hear from Him in a way not experienced during the rest of my day. I have discovered that the Sovereign LORD truly does control this world we live in. He, and He alone, can and does do things man cannot and will never be capable of regardless of our “enlightenment”. He tells us that He listens and that He desires to hear from His children. Being in close relationship with God gives purpose to life this side of eternity.


What are you learning about prayer?

Maybe I’ve mentioned some of that in my previous answers?? Learning is or should be a lifelong process. Maybe some of us are just slow learners! Anyway - that list of slow learners includes me. Because of time with God I am learning how self-centered my life often is and how close to the surface my sin always is. When I contemplate the character traits of God I am humbled by comparison. And that is one of the things He most desires of His children… that we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. Humility is most needed in me and I pray that through continual time with the Lord, in prayerful conversation, He will continue giving me a heart transplant that brings glory to Him.


Why do you think it is important to gather and pray together as a community?

By doing so Christians not only bear witness to the early church but as believers gather together and pray they become aware of the needs of those around them. Our small group time is such a blessing in that regard. There is nothing like corporate prayer to unite a group of people!

Prayer: My Story (Part 2)

21 Days of Prayer — January 13 to February 3
This month we are featuring interviews with SunRidgers highlighting their understanding and perspectives on prayer…

Charley’s Story

Who introduced you to prayer and how has your prayer life grown and changed over the years?
I grew up going to Sunday School, and my earliest memories of prayer are of acronyms to prompt and remind us how/what to pray and making crafts to go along with it - like writing TSP (Thank-You, Sorry, Please) on a teaspoon and wearing ALL the bracelets with the letters WWJD (what would Jesus do), FROG (fully rely on God) and PUSH (pray until something happens) :-)

I still find prompts helpful, as I often find it hard to pray anything when the busy-ness of life makes it hard to create that quiet space to come before God, but I have upgraded from Teaspoons to using other books/devos - my favourite by far is Celtic Daily Prayer - it helps me follow a regular rhythm of prayer in quiet moments carved out for that, but also reminds me not to miss spontaneous opportunities for praise/thanksgiving/requests/anything else that can be lifted up in prayer.

If someone were to ask you why you pray, what would you say?
There’s three answers for this that I wish I could give at the same time because they’re all equal contributors to why I pray - I pray because life doesn’t make sense without it and I need to - in both the praise moments and the struggle moments. I pray because God asks us to communicate with him and he loves it when we come to him. I pray because supporting those around me and being supported by those around me in prayer has been invaluable.

What are you learning about prayer?
It took me a long time to be sure of myself in how I pray, and have confidence that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to pray. I have heard God in the still quiet moments I intentionally create, and I have heard God in the crazy-ness of leading a kids church creative prayer activity - I love that prayer can be and is in all of those different moments, no matter how we pray silently/out loud/by reading scripture/by singing praise or any other way.

Why do you think it is important to gather and pray together as a community?
In every area of society we learn from others and the church is no different - our children learn from us. Our friends newly introduced to faith learn from us. To praise alongside friends in celebration, and to cry out alongside friends in desperate places is something that has no comparable alternative in building community and pressing into relationship with God as One. There is power in community, and we are missing out on something if we don’t gather and pray together.

 

Nelson’s Story

Who introduced you to prayer and how has your prayer life grown and changed over the years?
I don’t remember who introduced me to prayer; it was probably in Sunday School, or private school Kindergarten, or my dad. I remember it being a formulaic thing, more of a chant or incantation that you said before certain activities (like before eating or a long road trip). I think as I got a bit older it expanded to being able to ask for things based on unwanted circumstances - like health for a sick family member. When I became a Christian in my late teenage years, I learned that prayer was more of a conversational awareness of God, that he was a friend you could talk to, and it was about more than just asking for things. Now I view it as a way to process thoughts and feelings with God, bring concerns before him, to repent and reorient my heart, and to acknowledge/praise him and his attributes.

If someone were to ask you why you pray, what would you say?
Largely as a “sounding board” but also largely in order to change the world around me. John Piper paraphrased the passage, “ask and you will receive; you do not receive because you do not ask” in a way that has stuck with me. He said of this verse that it is like God is saying, “if you had only asked me, I would have made the universe different” and that stuck with me.

Do you think it is important to gather and pray together as a community?
Yes, for two reasons. 1. Bringing our prayers to each other to bring before God helps build strong relationships and communities, because those require vulnerability and trust. 2. Scripture seems to imply that if more people are praying for something, God maybe more inclined to answer than if less people were praying for it.

Day 1/21: Wait Until You See This!

Welcome here! This blog is an “extra blog” being posted daily between January 13 and February 3 to come alongside the 21 Days of Prayer.

Part 1: A little guidance about prayer

Part 2: Journal Entry — “Wait Until You See This!”

PART 1

THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE BIBLE AND PRAYER

Our goal as a community is to not just be a church with prayer, but to be a church of prayer. Praying and GOD’s Word go hand in hand! The more we talk to our Father the more we hunger to know Him and what He is about and how He works, and this drives us to our Bibles! The more we are in the Bible, the more we want to talk to GOD about what He is showing us there, about Himself, ourselves and the world. This drives us to prayer! The two go together.

KNOW JESUS REALLY, REALLY WELL

During these 21 days we are inviting you to walk through the book of John to look at the life of Jesus closely so the conversation you end up having with Him — prayer — flows out of knowing and loving Him so much more! There are a ton of things you could look at in John, but for these 21 days, make a point of just staring at Jesus: what is He like, what does He do, what does He sound like, who does He hang around with, what is important to Him, what do you hear and see?

STUBBORNLY PERSIST!

Reading the Bible and praying isn’t what one would call a “natural” experience; it would be more accurate to call it a “supernatural” experience as His Spirit interacts with ours. Still, the Bible constantly calls us to decide to SEEK God. What does that imply? It implies that GOD wants His kids to put effort in. For most people, it takes a while to understand how Scripture is ALIVE and how prayer is A LIFE-GIVING, TWO-WAY, CONVERSATION! We need to persist in practicing these things before they take on a life of their own! To encourage you in this journey, this blog post will outline some steps you can take and then provide a sample of a journal entry on today’s reading of John 1 (download a guide here).

HOW DO YOU BEGIN TO PRAY? TRY “HELLO” AND…”HELP!”

As we come to our Father we both greet Him and we invite Him to do something in us and for us.

We greet Him and recognize that He is very different from us: He is holy and perfect and…GOD!! This realization moves us to worship Him!

The more we see who He is, the more we know He loves us and is here to help us! So we do what He has told us to do: ask Him for help. Help with what?

  • To hear Him

  • To understand His Word

  • To see what He wants us to know about His heart and will

  • Our personal struggles and temptations, questions and needs

  • To have the courage and conviction to obey Him…and so much more!

When Jesus left to be with His Father (after dying on the cross and being raised to life again) He said He was going to send someone to help us. That “someone” is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity that Scripture describes as the one who guides us, convicts us of sin, counsels us etc. It is a good practice in your “help” part of prayer to recognize that GOD’s Spirit has been given to you, is in you if you have invited Jesus to lead your life, so thank Him for this and be aware that He is with you. Talk to Him as you read and pray, He is like your tutor all the way along!

Need an idea of what this looks like (don’t get hung up finding the exact words, but here is a sample)

PRAYER ASSISTANT: “Father, good morning! You are always with me, that amazes me! You are perfect and powerful and loving and good! These are just some of the things I know about You! I want to sit with You and hear from You. You have given me Your Spirit for this reason and so I invite You, Holy Spirit to speak to me, help me to hear You! I do need Your help GOD. As I read Your Word, help me not to get frustrated or distracted and especially help me to lean in. Show me what You want me to see today!….”

You might just want to be quiet for a bit and see if GOD wants to say something back to you even now…it helps to write it down so you can think on what you heard and discern if that was GOD. We will talk more about that on our first Wednesday Prayer Experience and I will write about it as well.

FOCUS ON GOD THROUGH HIS WORD (GET YOUR BIBLE, JOURNAL AND PEN)

You might not always read your Bible when you have a conversation with your Heavenly Father, but certainly at some point in the day, for as many days as you can, it is THE THING that will deepen your relationship with GOD and powerfully guide your life, your growth spiritually, and your conversations with Him. So, for the purposes of this blog, I am going to assume that your “next thing” will be opening up His Word.

As you read passages from the reading guide (today John 1) really focus in on Jesus. There’s lots happening in every chapter — but just hunt for everything you see, feel and learn about Jesus. Write in your Bible, use your pen, use a highlighter, create your own symbols (for example, I put a green leaf in my Bible wherever I find a verse that really fills me with hope about the future!)

  • What do you notice about Jesus in this chapter? (you don't have to write about everything, just something that stands out).

  • What does this tell you about Him?

  • How does this draw you to Him personally?

  • How does this affect your relationship with Him?

Using your journal (journalling is a MUST, please just trust us on this), spend some time thinking about what you have read and what it means for you. You can follow this basic guide to help you…

S - write down the verse that grabbed you

O - write down what the verse is about, what your understanding of it is

A - now, do the very important work of asking the Spirit how this applies to you, listen and write. This is the heart work!!

P - pray about what has been shown to you and continue in prayer over what the Lord is prompting you about, and for your prayer requests and struggles.

Your journal may be very simple, very list-like, it may take only a page some days. Other days, especially as you become familiar with this, you might go on and on!! Focus on being honest, focus on really seeking the Lord! It is not about your writing skills, it is about a relationship you are building with Jesus!

PART 2

SAMPLE JOURNAL ENTRY (NOTICE THAT THIS WHOLE JOURNAL ENTRY IS WRITTEN AS A PRAYER — you don’t have to do this, but it is a great way to remind you that you are having a conversation with GOD)

January 14, 2019

John 1

“Wait Until You See This”

 Good morning Jesus. Today I am reading about You in John 1. I pray You would sit with me and introduce Yourself to me and give me what You want for me today. You were sent by the Father so that I could KNOW GOD as much as possible in this life and I am convinced if I know You well, some things will just become obvious!

 I have friendships where I know people well: I know who they are, what they are capable of, what they like to do. If I know people like this, can I expect the same in our relationship? You say, “Yes!” and I hear You calling me to lean in closer to know you. So, that is my goal for the next 21 days: to look very closely at You. I already know what will happen, Your love will come alive in me!

 First of all, I just want to start by saying thanks. Thank you that You are not the one who hides. I hide. You are not the one who holds back. I hold back. You have only ever offered Yourself to me. Jesus, it is only I who creates distance. Thank you that You are the GOD who pursues and does not give up.

 It is easy to look at John 1 and say, “There is so much here!” so please sit with me and tell me about Yourself, show me the one thing You want me to notice this morning. As I sit and read and I am mindful of your Spirit in me – this is not like reading just any book. Your Word is alive! This chapter will speak to me one way today and another way a year from now. I am listening and there is no need to be overwhelmed. As much as I want to understand, You want to speak to me!

 It is interesting, the verse that stood out to me today. I was assuming what I would end up writing about but then verse 50 had an undeniable pull:

 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.”

 What does this say about GOD? This actually makes me smile. I am thinking of some simple things I throw together when I cook that impress Mike. Some sandwich that took me 5 minutes to make and he is enthralled. In my mind I think, “Did that impress you? Well, check this out…” and I take an hour to put together something gourmet that is ten times better.

 What is it about You Jesus, that You LOVE doing miraculous things?

 Nathanael is impressed You were able to do something unusual. I can see You in this Scripture Jesus. I see You standing there with him and I am positive You kind of laugh to Yourself and have so much going through Your mind in that moment of what You know that we don’t. You look Nathanael in the eye then,

 “You are impressed with that…?”

 And then You say words to Nathanael that I am sure he could not even process, “I tell you the truth…” I have to stop. This line lands somewhere soft in me today. Jesus, You know my heart is searching for true words, true assurances. I am desperate for Words that speak into my situation. Yes, tell me the Truth louder than everything! Be louder than the lies that poke at me…

 You say to Nathanael, “…you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 And I am sure Nathanael had no idea what You meant.  He understood the figs, but this was beyond understanding and is what is “gourmet.” You could have stopped at the figs, but You gave more because YOU ARE MORE. You told him more about Yourself and about life ahead because this is what You do for us – little us. You are GOD and You are not limited by the present and so neither are we, because we are with You. You see all the way through and this is what I must lock into my knowledge bank about You.

 ****** This is what You are saying to me today: “If You really knew me, You would know I see where You are, I am fully aware. I also see way ahead of You, I see the whole journey, so come alive with the confidence you gain by relying on My Power to know and see all! Let me show you marvellous things You do not understand. Open your eyes and ears. ”

 Thank you for speaking to me about this, Jesus. For wanting me to know this about You. I am planting Your Words in my heart. When I come and talk with You, I know You will show me where I am and where we are going.

 Teresa

 P.S. Dear Reader: “In the beginning was the Word…” -- Sometimes we can get tripped up on things that leave us asking, “Well what does THAT mean? Why is the Bible so complicated?” Let’s be reminded that GOD’s Word is here to be read in the simplest way and in the deepest way, for both the child and the scholar. Some words come quickly to us, and some require us to dig in and spend time with and to consider the bigger picture of the story to understand. The way John 1 begins in verse 1 with this idea of the “Word” requires a look into the whole of Scripture to understand the truth and power of what John is writing. Here is an article to get you started by John Piper. When you bump into a “harder thing” there are amazing resources to help guide you along when you have the time to study it with a little more effort.

Prayer: My Story (Part 1)

21 Days of Prayer — January 13 to February 3
This month we are featuring interviews with SunRidgers highlighting their understanding and perspectives on prayer…

Randy’s Story

Who introduced you to prayer?
In all honesty, I grew up with prayer. As a family, we said our mealtime and bedtime prayers every day. We went to Church and Sunday School every Sunday. I could probably count on one hand, the number of times we missed attending. Mine was a traditional, liturgical religious background and in retrospect, somewhat mechanical in nature. I remember my mom and grandmother especially, praying for me as I went through many surgeries, throughout my life as a result of the polio I contracted at age three. I was thankful I could do things that the medical professionals never thought I could, such as walk without aids. By the time I was eighteen, I had read through the complete Bible twice. However, my prayer life really didn't change until Pastor Rick, at our home church in Dawson Creek explained the Gospel message for the first time. I was thirty-two years old then, but I learned that Christ wanted a relationship and not just a want or need list. Although I had thanked Him often, I realized that the focus of my prayers, had been pretty much self-centered. It was then, that my prayer life changed.

If someone were to ask you why you pray, what would you say?
As new Christians, we are often told that Jesus has now become our best friend. It follows that, as a new best friend, I would want to spend a lot of time with Him. Best friends are open with one another and share the most intimate details of their lives with each other. I can say Jesus is my best friend because, He, more than anyone, understands me completely. My biggest difficulty is taking the focus off me and placing it in Him. At times, I struggle with listening to Him, even though I know He cares about me more than anyone. He wants what is best for me always, even while I am resisting. I pray because I know, though human relationships will fail me at times, He will never fail me or leave me. He always forgives, never holds a grudge and is patiently waiting, while I go through self-inflicted trials and finally realize that He had the answer all along. Why wouldn't I wholeheartedly want to communicate and spend more time with my best friend.

What are you learning about prayer?
I am learning that the most difficult for me is to listen and then patiently await His answer. Because I often want to barrel ahead (patience is not one of my virtues), I sometimes miss opportunities to do His will and add stress to my situation needlessly. Please pray, that I when I pray, I will quiet my heart, allow God to inform me and give Him a chance to respond. As noted earlier, God knows all my shortcomings, but continues to be faithful. Prayer also makes my day run better, as through it, I am preparing for what's ahead.

Why do you think it is important to gather and pray together as a community?
Probably the easiest answer here is that I have a support system in place. I am never alone, unless I choose to be. I receive encouragement, counsel and understanding from those that are close to me. I can identify with some of the struggles other brothers and sisters deal with and they often can identify with mine. Willing help is only a phone call away when necessary. We are family, anchored in Christ, so we do what family does. We love, support and encourage each other. Coming together and praying edifies and unites us. We pray communally to "our" Father as we share together in His blessings.

All Together Now

This is a scene from December 23., the last Sunday before Christmas. There were over 200 balloons to blow up and at the end of the service, a bunch of SunRidgers grabbed handfuls of balloons and blew them up. Many hands make light work.

I love how SunRidgers respond to things like this. In no time at all the balloons were blown up and with a casual ask, more SunRidgers showed up in the afternoon to cut and tie ribbons on them all, hang them (Including some SunRidge Kids, thank you Corban, Elsie and TJ!) and finish out tasks of the Christmas Eve decor.

SunRidgers come together for so many practical projects: the Lunch Program, the Community Christmas Dinner, the GoofBall, and Love West Kelowna to name a few. On Sundays, no one asks anyone to take all the chairs down; the service ends and we all just do it. Many times I see jobs getting done that are “unassigned” and I think this is so lovely to see.

There is another thing that Jesus loves: when HIs people pray. Leonard Ravenhill said, “the true Church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.” Yet what is it about prayer that gets a nervous reaction? Prayer should be the MOST natural thing for us, the thing we ought to be incredibly relieved to have, and yet there is this struggle.

F.B. Meyer said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer but un-offered prayer.” Our Father waits for us because His deal with us kids is that we come to Him and ask. Why wouldn’t we?

We keep saying, “Let’s be a church OF prayer.” Couldn’t we be? Couldn’t we be as engaged with prayer as all-together as we are blowing up balloons, serving meals and taking down chairs?

In 2019 let’s take a personal inventory, stare at our hangups and conquer them once and for all. Look around you: we are a family, we love each other, we are growing together, we can do this! Who knows what awaits if we will only seek the Lord!

21 Days of Prayer is an opportunity to COME ALIVE through the way we talk with our living GOD.

“Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.” - Tim Keller

If you have not signed up for the 21 Days of Prayer Emails you can link up here. When you arrive on the 21 Days of Prayer Webpage you can also sign up for Wednesday dinners and find resources there as well.

Teresa Klassen

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What Are You Guys Doing?

A short story:

Recently, a few ladies and I were sitting at Bliss doing our D’s — Bibles out, journals, pens. Ladies Morning Devotions go like this: hey everybody (catch up), let’s read (quiet Bible reading and journaling), let’s talk (sharing what we heard from God).

On this particular morning we were at Bliss and a young couple was at the till right next to our booth. The girl looked over and in a friendly way called over,

“Hey, what are you guys doing?”

A little conversation followed about what we were doing and I jotted the incident down in my journal.

The funny thing was that the week before, there were a few groups of SunRidgers at Bliss doing the same thing and another woman walked up to our table and said, “Is everyone in here reading the Bible?” (If only it were so).

One of these days, I expect someone to join us. Maybe it will be a regular customer who has seen a few people “in the habit” of doing their D’s at Bliss. You never know what will catch someone’s eye and start something new in their life. There is room for them at the table.

That’s my thought for today. Keep doing your D’s and just be open to who God might invite to join you while you are hanging out with Him.

Teresa Klassen

Teresa
Klassen

 

When Everyone Was In On It

Is anyone still surprised that time flies? We comment on it repeatedly as if it suddenly sped up: “Can you believe it is the middle of October?” Actually, I can’t believe it! How can it be the middle of October already?!

I find myself looking at the day and all the hours in it and then suddenly there are no more hours and I have hardly made a dent in all that needed to be done. That is sobering isn’t it? I think in the larger picture, it is even more disquieting. Not only do I want to make a dent on my list but more importantly, I want to make a dent in life. I want to accomplish some things of significance; I especially want to live with significance.

And yet in all this chasing, the very thing, the key, I rush past. Do you?

D. L. Moody once said, “Next to the wonder of seeing my Saviour will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.”

There’s a life regret. I am so thankful for this mentor from the past who urges us in the present to do better!

There was a time when people really understood the place of prayer. I am not saying they did this perfectly, but there was a time when people did not brush past it. In the first chapter of Luke, for example, we read how “all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.” Community Prayer was a familiar and urgent practice.

In some ways, I think prayer has become awkward in the way that talking has become awkward. With our cellphones attached to our eyeballs, we don’t need to say words out-loud. Why was praying together once so natural and now so foreign, I wonder?

Jeremiah 6:16 calls out to us!

This is what the LORD says:
"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is,
and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'…”

Ouch.

We must get back to praying together, because the Lord our God has called His house to be a house of prayer.

We have pre-service prayer at 9 am every Sunday in the portable. It is not an adequate amount of prayer for a church who doesn’t just want to be a church WITH prayer but a church OF prayer, but it is something we are stubborn about getting right; would you come and be stubborn with us?

We do our best to make prayer user friendly — written out prayers for those who want this, easy to follow instructions, creative approaches, we change things up so it doesn’t get “old”.

We do our best to make prayer user friendly — written out prayers for those who want this, easy to follow instructions, creative approaches, we change things up so it doesn’t get “old”.

If you are new to this, don’t be anxious. No one prays really well; can any of our homemade words impress God? We are all learning at pre-service prayer so we do our best to make prayer user friendly. Prayer is just ordinary words from ordinary people that God does extraordinary things with, but if you are concerned about your ordinary words, we also provide a “Prayer Assistant” with prayers you can read until you see that your plain words are just fine.

Got kids? We don’t even mind for a second the noise they make. We can pray louder.

Wouldn’t be amazing if everyone was in on prayer so that we would need to find more and more times to accommodate more and more people who wanted to pray?

“Then if my people who are called by my name
will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
I will hear from heaven
and will forgive their sins
and restore their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

There are some “ancient paths” we need to get back to in order to walk the path ahead. John Wesley once said, “God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” Let’s not let time just fly, let’s grab it and stop and pray together and see what God will do.

*Photo credit: Faith Peters

Teresa Klassen

Teresa
Klassen