The Bible teaches in 1 John 5:14-15
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
What’s so special about prayer?
Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has brought us into a relationship with God, a relationship that is close and full of life. God’s desire for us is that communicating with Him, prayer, is part of our normal daily lives. At Hope we seek to be a people of prayer, we recognise that it is essential to our growing relationship with God and that in His grace, God acts on answers to our requests. What an incredible privilege!
Prayer at Hope
As well as encouraging one another to make prayer part of our daily lives prayer forms part of virtually every activity we do as Hope. However, we also commit to meeting together specifically to pray, to praise God, to make requests of Him and to listen to His voice. We meet each Sunday from 4-5pm and also the first Thursday evening of each month for these times of joint prayer, specific times and locations can be found on the calendar.
We are part of a wider family of churches, Relational Mission. As a family, we feel that God has particularly encouraged and challenged us to make praying together a priority. Three times a year we gather together with other local churches, as others across the world are doing the same, to commit half a night to praying for situations affecting the world, our communities and our churches. If you think that 5 hours of prayer seems like a lot, you can come and go as you please but with the creative ideas for praying you will be surprised at how the time flies by.
Enough on 7 July 2017
It was an honour for Hope Community Church to be able to host the local RM cluster churches representing Chafford, Upminster, Southend, Basildon, and special guests from Braintree. Our hall was packed with those who know the building of community church is all about PRAYER.
We prayed for the needs of our own church with some interactive activities to highlight these
We prayed for 3 church plants:
Oaks Christian Community in the Czech Republic with Pete and Michelle Foster
Exodusk Yrkan Church in Sweden with Jacob and Rakel Ramlow
Malaga Church Plant in Spain with our own Martin and Sarah Lazenby
Dave Bareham spoke about the RM family. There are 38 churches in the UK but importantly there are also 38 church plants both here and abroad. Please continue to offer your own prayers for these folk who are stepping away from their “safe” ground to face new challenges given to them by the Holy Spirit.
We prayed for the church in Kenya – unfortunately the video link did not work but we were there in spirit with them. We broke bread together in memory of Jesus, and it was wonderful with so many, that Gods presence was tangible. Enough is not just meeting together. It is meeting with God! through prayer, talking to God about His work that we all, as believers are involved in. ENOUGH is not for one night, it is on-going and we need to meet and pray together like the new testament church and His church will grow.
Communicating with God!
Prayer is a ‘personal communication’ with God (Wayne Grudem).
Corporate prayer helps build the Church and to create unity.
Prayer enhances faith and encourages us to trust God more, to love Him and have deeper fellowship with Him.
Prayer is amazing as when we pray and petition God, He listens and acts upon our requests.
Through prayer God allows us, His children, to be involved in activities that are eternally significant and that work to forward His kingdom.
Jesus teaching on prayer
Jesus explains; “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.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’’ Matthew 6:9-15 NIV
Jesus also taught:
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” Luke 11:9-10. NIV
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” Matthew 18:20 NIV
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” Matthew 18:19 NIV
Getting involved in prayer
At Hope Community Church, we hold regular Church Prayer meetings. We come together most Sundays in the afternoon for prayer for special things and again usually in the evening of the first Thursday of each month to praise and worship God for all that He has done for us as individuals and to pray for; each other, the local and worldwide Church, the community we serve and the nation(s).
Prayer and fasting weeks
During our time as a church, we have set aside weeks every so often to fast as a church and seek God in a more deliberate and focused way for his guidance and revelation.
There are various definitions of prophesy; foretelling the future, for instance, but prophesy can also be considered ‘telling something that God has spontaneously brought to mind’ (Wayne Grudem).
Prophesy is a gift from God given through the Holy Spirit and is a blessing for growing, comforting and encouraging the church.
The Bible says:
“the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” 1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV
Prophecies should not be despised but should be carefully ‘weighed’.
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 NIV
Prophecies do not replace scripture and although Paul encourages us to earnestly seek to prophesy he reminds us that to love others is more important. He writes;
“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives – especially the ability to prophesy.” 1Corinthians 14:1 NLT
A summary of tongues and how this differs from prophecy
“Speaking in tongues” is speaking to God. 1Cor 14:2: “Anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God.” The content of that language is God-ward in its direction. Nowhere is it stated that “Speaking in Tongues” has people-ward direction.
As the tongue has a God-ward direction so also will the interpretation. If the tongue is one of praise, the interpretation will be of praise. If the tongue is prayer, so will the interpretation be one of prayer. If the tongue is one of crying out to God so will the interpretation. It has been a common practice in some circles that where a tongue has been given the interpretation that has followed has been indistinguishable from a prophecy. Tongues are always directed to God (see above). Interpretation of these tongues thus should be the same.
Points from January 2017 prayer meeting
Luke 4 Jesus tells us He has come to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
As we look to a new year ahead we sing His praise from rooftops
We also remembered the Year of Jubilee
Matthew 6:19 where is your treasure there is your heart
Romans 12:1 we are living sacrifices
John 15:1 true vine and the pruner Remain In Him
Ephesians 4 we are Christs body He is supporting ligaments
We had a picture of Cinderella from rags to wedding dress.\
We are His treasure
As we start a New Year we pray for:
Liberty at Hope – pray big prayers
For dance, freedom, and liberation at Hope
To draw closer to God at Hope
To break those chains that bind at Hope
That we don’t confirm to this world
December 2017 prayers:
Ephesians 1 lavish gifts message, Prayers of thanks for His huge generosity. Open presents in attic being unwrapped
Prayer for Spiritual gifts at Hope and release of more of Gods Spirit at Hope
Freedom of worship and Unity of the body
2 Cor 3 17 where spirit is, there is freedom
Prayed for Christmas activities; Prayed for healing; Youth; Hutton Community Centre
Prayers for Martin and Sarah and their move to Spain
Pictures given about community centre as a place of protection. Security strain walls amidst difficulties and battles.
Key points from October 2017 prayer meeting
Matthew 6 where your treasure is, there is your heart
He is our treasure and we also His treasure
Picture of Oyster grit stimulating a pearl
Romans 12 living sacrifices
We should be extravagant worshippers like the woman anointing Jesus feet
Philippians 2 let us be of one mind together
Colossians 2 He is our treasure wisdom
Picture kindling something something hotter
Prayer a boiler house at Hope
Open presents stored in attic. Do not leave them. Ask for new spiritual gifts at Hope
Ephesians 4:26 get rid of anger. Love your enemy. Pray for Las Vegas where anger led to carnage. Do not let evil take a hand. Pray for world leaders – Brexit, Catalan – a world ravaged by sin.. Hope
Stand against criticism
Be of one body
Gideons army was small but united and committed