Our main church prayer meeting is held in our downstairs hall every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm - 9.00pm.
The format of the meeting is usually - bible study, sharing of prayer news, prayer altogether, divide into five groups for further prayer time. Usually about 30 - 50 attend these meetings. Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you there.
There is a church prayer-news sheet printed every week, and it is possible to subscribe to receive it by email. You can do that by logging into this website - but please be aware that the prayer news email facility is only available to those who are personally known to us as a fellowship.
There are many other smaller prayer meetings happening in the life of the church - usually for specific groups or for specific purposes. You would become aware of these as and when you become involved with what we are doing.
“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
- John Piper
If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. Let this be one aspect of our daily intercession: ‘God, preserve my soul, and keep my heart and all its ways so that I will not be entangled.’ When this is true in our lives, a passing temptation will not overcome us. We will remain free while others lie in bondage.
- John Owen
Excerpt from “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God” by Timothy Keller
Think of the privilege of prayer. Realise God is present. Ask him to help you pray.
Read a Scripture passage. Discern one or two truths you learn there. Choose the one that most impresses you and write it in a sentence. Now ask: How does this truth help me praise God? How does it show me a sin to confess? How does it show me something to ask God for?
Now turn the answers to the three questions into a prayer - adoration, petition, and supplication.
Pray about whatever needs are on your heart. Also spend time thanking God for the ways you see him working in your life and caring for you.
Take a moment to thank and admire God for what he has showed you today. End with a note of praise."
The sermons on prayer were followed up by small groups at the Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting considering the questions posed by the previous week’s sermon. Below are links to the relevant sermons and also the specific questions - why not listen and then try to honestly answer the set questions. Prayer is vitally important in the life of all Christians.
The School of Prayer:
Our Goal: a more intimate relationship with God
Since God knows all about us and what He is going to do before we ask, what do you think might be some reasons God still wants us to pray?
Can we pray claiming the promise that God will give us the desires of our heart while focusing on what we want? How might our prayers change if we were to ask God to make His desires our desires?
Are we guilty of talking about Jesus in church/public than we talk with Him in private? How is your personal prayer life and what practical steps could you take to grow in prayer?
What are some prayer cliches we hear which have lost their meaning? How do we avoid using them?
Matthew 5 v 43 - 44 “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persectue you..." Identify some enemies (people you do not like, cultural, political, world views etc...) Write out how you might pray for God’s blessing on them.
Identify some of the reasons why Jesus had to pray. What do we learn about why we need to pray?
What lessons can we learn?
Would your prayers change if you focused a little more on Sandyford and Scotland and a little less on yourself?
Are we distracted by the “regrets of yesterday” and the “worries of tomorrow”? Is our communion with God impacted?
Have you prayed about something for a long time? Why do you think God took (or is taking) so long to answer?
Write a brief “Father give me” prayer. Then write a “Father make me prayer”. Think about the differences.
How is it possible to have confidence God will answer our prayers?
We identified four obstacles to effective prayer: unbelief, disobedience, neglecting God’s word, hypocrisy (wearing a mask).
Our vertical relationship cannot be right if our horizontal relationships are not as they ought to be. Matthew 5 v 23 - 245a. Discuss
Have you ever experienced the futility of prayers in which confession did not come first? Discuss and elaborate.
Why do we lie to ourselves and to god about sin in our own lives?
God does not answer the prayers of people who presumptuously disobey Him. Faith leads to confidence; love leads to obedience. Discuss and illustrate...
Describe a prayer that might sound right in words but is wrong in motive.
What is the pattern of our chosen times?
What are some of the needs you are lifting to God just now?
How might your prayers change if your motive was simply to see God’s will done on earth and in Sandyford?
In th elight of Ephesians 3 v 20 "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for vere and ever! Amen." How might you reachout further in prayer for: