Pastor Laurie Barnes, Pastor of Prayer and Congregational Care writes:

Last spring, the Tuesday morning Christian Believer class started a list of the things we knew about prayer.  Here is the beginning of our list.  What would you add to it?

  • Prayer works!
  • Prayers are answered – not always the way we WANT them to be answered.  They are answered yes or no or not yet
  • Dialogue with God
  • Relationship
  • Jesus prayed
  • Jesus modeled (deceptively) simple prayers.  We are praying more than we realize in the Lord’s Prayer
  • Individual and community
  • Power of prayer
  • Prayers rising like an offering to God
  • More you do it, the more you do it.
  • Prayers can be without words (Romans 8:26-27)
  • Thank Him for everything
  • Prayers are a place for confession (1 John 1:9)
  • Sentence prayers can be offered throughout the day
  • There is a time/place for private prayer (Matthew 6:5-6)
  • In the Lord’s Prayer…

–we are praying “Our Father”

–Hallowed means honoring God

–the word “I” isn’t in the Lord’s prayer

–“Thy Kingdom come” – I am part of making that happen

–Kingdom implies a God is a King

  • Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.
  • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.






Compiled by the 2007-2008 Tuesday morning Christian Believer clas