People of prayer are people who are convinced that God knows our needs, hears us when we pray, and answers our prayers according to His will. In Jeremiah 29:12 God has promised this to His people who come to Him in faith and with trust: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you”. Jesus also encouraged His disciples to be bold to ask and to “knock” on the door with our requests: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
However, prayer is not like simply picking from a menu, as if it is simply telling God “I want you to do this” and it will be done. Instead, prayer is borne out of a living and trusting relationship with God where we seek His will above all else.
Ole Hallesby, a Norwegian theologian from the last century described prayer this way: “To pray is nothing more involved than to lie in the sunshine of His grace, to expose the distress of body and soul to those healing rays which can in a wonderful way counteract and render ineffective the ‘bacteria’ of sin. To be a man or woman of prayer is to give Jesus, with His wonder-working power, access to our distress night and day.”
People of prayer sometimes go to God in distress, but also in joy; sometimes in desperation, but also in celebration; sometimes alone, but also with others. Bloomington Covenant Church is a place and a people of prayer. If you desire people to pray for you and with you, know that this is a steady practice among the people of this church.
Sunday Morning – 9:30am
Pray for the morning worship service that it will be God-honoring and Christ revealing, for the Spirit to anoint our pastors as they provide a scripture based challenge and a time to enjoy the fellowship of corporate worship.
Monday Morning – 8:30am
Pray for our church: Pastor, Staff, all church ministries and programs and the weekly church prayer list. Our nation and our world. Pray for the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of our church.
Any Day – Any Time – Any Place
Pray for the needs of our church and for requests within your group. Create a small group of your choosing meeting wherever it is convenient.
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b