Prayer revives us. It saves us, commissions us, and empowers us.
In prayer, we experience more of the heart of God and His transforming power to align our desires with His own. In our first series of 2021 – Prayers of the People – we will see that communion with God through prayer in everyday moments is a beautiful, life-changing pathway to spiritual growth, renewal, courage, risk, and deep joy.
Listen or watch sermons in this series.
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Prayer Prompts and Reflection Questions
Each week, we're releasing prayer prompts and questions on Facebook and Instagram to offer opportunities for further reflection on Sunday's sermon. You can also find a catalogue of the prompts and questions here.
Pete Grieg, How To Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People
The founder of the 24-7 Prayer movement walks through a simple, four-step rhythm: P.R.A.Y.—Pause, Rejoice, Ask, Yield. Within this light structure, he unpacks nine different paths of prayer: stillness, adoration, petition, intercession, perseverance, contemplation, listening, confession, and spiritual warfare.
John Starke, The Possibility of Prayer: Finding Stillness with God in a Restless World
Starke writes “Prayer is either the greatest insanity or the most wonderful news. Prayer is calling on God for his attention.” In part one, he walks through the truths of Scripture that give us confidence that the transcendent Creator of the universe hears us. In part two, he explores aspects of prayer, including communion, meditation, solitude, feasting and fasting, sabbath resting, and corporate worship.
Mark Sayers, Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture
The pastor of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia encourages us to see the crises of our present cultural moment as an opportunity to respond to God’s call for renewal. In this book he explores principles and dynamics of personal and corporate spiritual renewal from Scripture and church history.
Books for Kids and Families
Nancy Guthrie, What Every Child Should Know About Prayer
"[Guthrie] explains in child-friendly language what prayer is, how and why we should pray, and the things we can pray about. There is a Bible verse for each topic, and a prayer for children to make their own. This book will introduce children to the gift of prayer and will encourage them to enjoy speaking to their father God."
Rick Osborne, Teaching Your Child How to Pray
"How much do your children know? We teach our children academics. We give them instruction in the arts and physical fitness. We show them how to swim, skate, and ride a bike. But have we forgotten the most basic and necessary skill of all? Have we taught them to pray? Prayer is the foundation for communicating with God, growing as a person, and receiving help and wisdom for every other part of life. Teaching children to pray is one of the most important tasks parents have."
The Journey West County launched a prayer initiative in 2020 titled 'Prayers of the People.' These helpful video guides walk you through different kinds of prayers.