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Prayer

Will you join me?

The charter members of Christ Baptist established this congregation on a foundation of prayer. In the early days, prayer meetings took place at a mid-week meeting on Wednesday nights. Then, a couple of years ago, we decided to try something new: a prayer meeting on Sunday mornings from 8:15 – 8:45 am. We called it Audacious Prayer because it would focus on the local and global ministries of our church, and we all know that the power of the gospel is found in divine presence, not human busyness. Unlike the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7), we didn’t want to work hard but forget our God and Savior.

We still gather every week in D-01 (Sam Bailey’s SS classroom) to pray audaciously – and I would invite you to join us, but this is not the only way we pray as a congregation. We have 20-30 small groups that meet throughout the week and each of them spend time praying for one another and the needs of the wider body. The same is true, though in a slightly different format, of our Sunday school classes. There are also other gatherings of people in our congregation who meet with the sole purpose of praying. On top of all of that, we have intercessors who pray on their own, privately, for people and situations that are submitted to the church. It is this last prayer practice that I suspect some of you may not know about and I would therefore like to explain.

First, let’s make sure everyone knows how to submit a prayer request to the church. You can do this in one of three ways: (1) fill out the card in the pew rack on Sunday morning and drop it in the offering plate; (2) call the church office and verbally give the request to Jane (church secretary); (3) enter the request directly through the website. This third avenue is new. If you go to www.christbaptist.org and then click on “Menu” in the top right corner, you will see an option to click “About Us”. When you click that tab the page that will load has “Who are we?” at the top and under that “What we believe” and as you scroll down, “Prayer” is the next section. In that section you can click the “Prayer portal” button which will take you to a form that you can fill out and submit by clicking “Save Request” at the bottom (note: if you click “Keep this confidential” it will not be sent to intercessors).

Second, I wonder if you would consider becoming an at-home intercessor. If you do, you will be able to see & pray for requests on your computer or phone at home. You will need some basic instruction, but it’s really a very simple & effective way to be praying for others – and the Hoggs know how much that means. If you’re interested, contact Jane (919-573-5454) and she can help you get started.

I hope you’ll join me.