Prayer and Fasting: Day 22 Friday 3rd April prayer in the church
(By Sylvanus Bowlin)
Pray that God will help us as a church and individuals to be persistent in our daily prayer life with him. What does the bible say about prayers?
The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective.
Prayers are the way in which we communicate with God and it deepens our relationship with him.
I pray that these verses will encourage your daily walk with Jesus and help you experience the power of prayer. I believe that prayer is the fundamental thing in a believers’ life. If we look at the life of Jesus his whole life was based on prayer, communication with the father. A relationship without communication is no relationship; it’s a two way thing. So for a healthy relationship with our God and Lord we need to keep on praying both individually and corporately. As a body of believers God wants us to be persistent in our prayers. God wants to communicate with us and he wants us to communicate with him. We need to hear from God, discovering what he is saying to us as a body. God wants us to bring everything to him so that he can help us.
We can do this by the word and prayers, so here are some scripture verses to help us with our prayer life and our walk with God.
Bible verses about prayers are great if you want to know how to pray.
Jesus is our perfect example.
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 4:2, 3, 4
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17, 25
6 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
It’s interesting as I write this Community Church Blackburn hasn’t met physically as a congregation in a physical building since the 15th April 2020. Its nearly 20 days since then and I can testify that the church, without physically meeting feels stronger and more vibrant than ever!!.
Paul the Apostle says this to the church in Ephesus
20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Never does this feel so real and relevant, at the moment, as we are scatted about Blackburn and further afield. But God is building His temple and building his Church.
Over the last 20 years Community Church Blackburn has physically met in different locations and places and our presently place of meeting has been Wesley Hall.
We have been so Blessed while we have been there and it’s a wonderful beautiful place to meet together.
Please spend a moment today to give thanks to all the people who work to maintain and upkeep Wesley Hall. Give thanks to for all the work Pauline and her staff do and also the Methodist management committee who allow us to use this building.
Please give us guidance as a church praying about where we continue to meet, as the life of the church progresses. It would be wonderful to have our own space and use this for mission, work with the poor and outreach for the Glory of God if He wills it.
I believe when the time is right for CCB. He will provide a building, but it will be for His Glory and His Glory alone!! So keep praying!
Helpful Bible Verses
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Stephen Norcross is an elder, married to Lisa and living in Blackburn. Stephen works full time for Community Church Blackburn. Stephen studied music at university and uses his musical gifts leading worship. He also has a passion for bible teaching.