Monthly Prayer Service
Crossway gathers for prayer on the first Saturday of everyone month. Our services begin at 9:00am. What can you expect? A central theme for the service that directs our prayers according to an extended Scripture reading. The service is structured but informal and usually lasts about an hour.
First Friday Fast
Before that, we also encourage our members to join us in the First Friday Fast. When we fast from food, we should feast on God. This is what fasting is all about. It’s about giving up God’s gifts to have more of the Giver. It’s about humbling ourselves, deepening in our dependence on him. It’s about feasting on him and his grace through prayer and the Word.
Why Should You Go to A Prayer Meeting?
Here is my short-list of 6 reasons why you should go to a prayer meeting: Privilege. When we pray we are communing with the God of the universe, the originator and sustainer of all life. Further, we are talking to our Father. This family relationship, this access was purchased with the highest price, the royal currency of Christ’s blood. Don’t allow yourself to crowd out privilege with inconvenience. Community. In the NT we know that personal prayer is to be prioritized and protected (Matt 6.6) while community prayer is modeled and prescribed (Acts 1.14; 2 Tim 2.1-8). There is great refreshment in the gathering of believers, in-dwelt and led by the Holy Spirit, calling upon Trinitarian Community while in the church community. Edification. As these other believers pray they speak of what they are learning and how God is leading them to be sympathetic and burdened for others. This is surprisingly impactful and is a useful tool for my edification. Training. Evidently Jesus’ prayers were so different than others that they heard; they wanted to be instructed in the school of prayer by its headmaster. So too we as believers, as we are instructed by Christ in the Scriptures, find ourselves training together in prayer. Serving. As believers gather together to lift of the needs of others and extol the beauty of God there is an aspect of service. Meeting, week after week, folks gather together to serve their brothers and sisters, their city, and saints around the world by lifting up petitions to God on their behalf. Reminder. There is little else you can do that will remind you of your neediness than prayer. In fact, your prayer life corresponds directly with how needy you really feel. When you carve out time to meet with other believers you are reminded of your great need and great privilege. You have to be reminded by virtue of the fact that you are coming to God through Christ and petitioning for the glory of God in this world!
This is an abridged article from Erik Raymond.