Prayer & meditation

We believe that staying connected to our God is the foundation for fulfillment in life. We believe in the power of prayer.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  --Philippians 4:6-7

  • we pray to invite god into our lives

    Prayer allows us to worship and praise the Lord. It also allows us to offer confession of our sins, which should lead to our genuine repentance. Moreover, prayer grants us the opportunity to present our requests to God. All of these aspects of prayer involve communication with our Creator. He is personal, cares for us, and wants to commune with us through prayer. He wants to be a part of our lives. When we pray, we open the door for God to come into our lives, into our problems and situations and work on them.

    Prayer is not just about asking for God's blessings - 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 pray to praise god

    The Bible records many types of prayer and many purposes for prayer. There are prayers for protection, for healing, for unity and for children. There are prayers seeking forgiveness, justice and peace. But a major focus throughout the Bible is on prayers of praise. Interestingly, God doesn't ask us to praise Him for His own benefit. He asks us to praise Him for our benefit.

    • Praising the all-powerful Creator God gives us perspective.
    • Praising God helps us to focus on reality - what's truly permanent in our chaotic and transitory lives.
    • Praising God helps us to know God and contemplate His goodness.
    • Praising, blessing, thanking and honoring God helps us to become more like Him.   
  • we pray for forgiveness

    Forgiveness is something we all seek at some point in life. God, through His grace, has already given us this gift of forgiveness and eventually eternal life. It is an unmerited, wonderful gift that should motivate us to live in a way that pleases God. And, as He has forgiven us, He asks us to forgive others - it goes both ways. Christ told Peter to forgive others "seventy times seven" times (Matthew 18:22). Prayers about forgiveness can be, therefore, prayers of thanksgiving, prayers asking for help to live in ways that please God, and prayers to help us forgive others.

  • we pray to ask for help

    Each one of us has a particular level at which our emotions overflow and we cry out, “God help me!” We may have just received disappointing results to a medical test or some devastating news from a family member. Our emotions are a mess! We don’t know if we’re angry, panicked, scared, fearful of the future...we do know that we can’t continue on our own strength. We can turn to our Father in Heaven for help with our problems. Ask for help and then be still and know that He is God and will act in His time.

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  • we pray for others

    Prayer for others reflects God's own character of outgoing love and mercy. Praying for others helps us to think beyond ourselves and to grow in compassion for others. When we pray for others we should pray from the heart, in faith, with love, fervently, and with a desire to help where we can.

    Let us know if we can help as you pray for others.     

  • we pray as jesus taught us

    Our Father, who art in heaven,

    Hallowed be thy Name.

    Thy Kingdom come.

    Thy will be done on earth,

    As it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread,

    And forgive us our trespasses,

    As we forgive those that trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation,

    But deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,

    The power, and the glory,

    Now and forever.

    --Matthew 6:7-13

  • meditation

    In our fast-paced society, we often find ourselves rushing through our daily routine, rarely stopping to think. Briefly put, meditation is stopping to think! Meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. For spiritual purposes, meditation requires us to put other thoughts aside for a while and to focus on one important subject. Pondering deeply on something that concerns us may naturally lead us to prayer. Directing our thinking on a specific behavior can change our habits. Thinking about the meaning and value of our lives can help us mature spiritually. Meditation can be a healthy way to relieve stress, focus our thoughts and hear God.