We gather at our Sunday Night Prayer Service in order to express our full dependence upon God by gathering together weekly to seek His face in prayer as a congregation.
At this time of the pandemic, our prayer service takes place on Zoom. After reading a psalm, we spend most of our time on praising the Lord in prayer and laying before Him the different needs of our church body, of our city, of our world. We conclude with a short exhortation from God’s Word.
Why Gather as a Congregation to Pray?
Reflections from Sinclair Ferguson on the lack of prayer and of the Church praying.
“This is to me the most alarming, for this reason: we have built apparently strong, large, successful, active churches. But many of our churches never meet as a congregation for prayer. I mean never! What does that indicate we are saying about the life of the Church as a fellowship? By contrast, the mark of a truly apostolic spirit in the church is that that we give ourselves to prayer and the Word together (Acts 6:4). No wonder “the Word of God continued to increase and the number of the disciples multiplied” (Acts 6:7). If this is so, it should not surprise us that while many churches see growth, it is often simply reconfiguration of numbers, not of conversion. I greatly wish that our churches would learn to keep the main things central, that we would learn to be true Churches, vibrant fellowships of prayer, Gospel ministry and teaching, genuine mutual love. At the end of the day, such a Church simply needs to “be” for visitors who come to sense that this is a new order of reality altogether and are drawn to Christ.”