We will be having our first planning meeting September 9th after church. Please join us after the service in the Library for more details.
Why a Prayer Group?
by Jim Stout
You know, It’s interesting how the Spirit works in our lives to move us toward maturity in different areas in our lives that have either been neglected, or we haven’t thought to be “that important.”
Beginning last Fall, God began to put a real desire within Kristie and myself regarding the importance of prayer. We first recognized the importance as it relates to lifting up the needs of others: our families, our church body, and for the saints around the world undergoing persecution for the sake of Christ.
A few months later, as we were attending a ministry conference, God revealed even more to us as we listened to each speaker talk about the necessity of prayer as it relates to understanding what God’s Spirit would have for us each day.
As elders, we've seen the value of integrating intercessory prayer into our services on a consistent basis, and so we have purposely added a time of prayer at the end of our services for needs in the body. We see this a vital method for God to both encourage and edify His body, the church.
Our goal is to increase the level of expectancy in our hearts as we pray for ourselves or for others. That word—expectancy—is rather explosive. Many in the church today will say they believe that God still heals, but rarely if ever do they actually lay hands on the sick and pray with any degree of expectancy that he will. However, some often confuse praying expectantly with praying presumptuously. Prayer is presumptuous when we claim things on the unbiblical assumption that God always wills to heal or change situations then and there. Instead, we want to pray expectantly, offering a humble petition to our merciful God for something we don’t deserve but that he delights to give (Luke 11:9–13; cf. Matthew 9:27–31; 20:29–34; Luke 17:12–14). Expectant prayer flows from the recognition that Jesus healed people and dealt with their issues, because he loved them and felt compassion for them (Matthew 14:13–14; 20:34; Mark 1:41–42; Luke 7:11–17), a disposition in the heart of God that nothing in Scripture indicates has changed.
As I’ve said, we want to increase the level of expectancy in our own hearts but also want to allow God, through His Spirit, to build up, encourage, and edify this local gathering of His body, at FCBC.
With this in mind we would like to help guide and be involved in a ministry that will be available to pray for the needs within the body, both after church, and during the week when a need arises. We would like this ministry to be a group that has a heart, and desire to pray expectantly - who would be available after the service to pray with and for others, and also available during the week if called upon when people request prayer.
Please be praying if this is something God is laying on your heart to be a part of!Group Details