“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16
“For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
Prayer, the spiritual practice of conversing with God, is one of the core values of our church. Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to pray continually. Joshua 10:12-14 describes how Joshua prayed and the sun stood still. Luke 11:5-13 tells the parable of the persistent friend who received what he asked for because of his tenacity. These scriptural passages remind us of the value of patient, persistent and persevering prayer. Prayer involves not only speaking to God but listening for God’s voice. God created us to have a relationship with him and ongoing dialog is a vital part of this relationship.
Current OVCN Prayer Emphases
- New children’s building processes
- Hearing from God campaign
How Does God Speak To Us?
- God speaks to us through His Word. God uses the Bible as his foremost tool to impart Truth
- God speaks through the Holy Spirit who is with us every second of the day
- God speaks to us through other believers
- God speaks to us through divine circumstances. We are all living under heavenly guidance, and if you look closely you will see the hand of God written upon the circumstances that come into your life.
How To Pray
Jesus gave us a pattern when the disciples asked him to teach them to pray (Matthew 6: 3-13): “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” From this pattern we learn the following:
- Acknowledge God’s holiness. Worship Him – praise Him for who He is, and all He has done.
- Pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth just as it is in heaven. This means that our prayers should line up with what the Father has already revealed in His Word – the Bible.
- Ask the Father to meet your current needs
- Ask the Father to forgive your sins
- Forgive others unconditionally
- Ask for divine protection and faith to overcome adversity
There is no correct way to pray. Prayer is simply a dialog with God in your own words. An important part of prayer is determining what God wants you to do and then doing it. As you pray remember to praise God for what he has done and adore Him for who He is. Bring your personal requests to Him and pray for the needs of other people as well. God longs to answer your prayers: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7).