“Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are devoted to prayer,
the study of God’s Word,
and united in joyful, Christ-exalting worship.”*
Every Sunday at 9:30 am, Pastor Tommy hosts a pre-worship service prayer meeting. We come together to ask for the Lord’s blessings. Everyone is welcome to join us (BCBC members and nonmembers). Just come with a heart willing to experience our Lord’s love.
You ask, “Why bother to pray?” “What’s in it for me?”
“In today’s world,” writes David Jeremiah in his book, Prayer, the Great Adventure, the act of praying “flies in the face of our frantic efforts to prove that we are self sufficient, independent, and strong.” But be honest, we are none of these things!
We pray because it’s necessary, not because we ought to. We pray because we are without recourse. Acknowledging our limits and the Lord’s power, we call on his help. It’s our declaration of dependence. Could you use a little help?
Some think that prayer is what good people do when they are at their best. It isn’t. It’s what we do when we need guidance. Do you need guidance?
Some suppose that “insider” language is needed before God takes us seriously. There’s no code. God understands all languages.
Prayer is elemental. “It is no exaggeration,” says Pastor Jeremiah, “that prayer under-girded and preceded and empowered everything that our Lord did while He walked on this earth.” He is the best example of the power of prayer.
Jesus never taught his disciples how to preach, only how to pray and how to pray well. And he did it enthusiastically, with joy.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
To know how to speak to God is more important than knowing how to speak to man. Power through God, not men, is achieved by prayer — the first thing.
Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7)
But remember, “Prayer is not just about asking for God’s blessings,” says Robert Velarde, “– though we are welcome to do so — but it is about communication with the living God. Without communication, relationships fall apart. So, too, our relationship with God suffers when we do not communicate with him.”
We’re prayin’ for you.
*From the BCBC Vision Statement