Engine Room | Prayer
Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century London preacher, learned what it was to cooperate with God and see His power transform many thousands of people over several decades. People often travelled to his church to learn the secret of his success. When visitors would come to Spurgeon's church he would take them to the basement prayer-room where people were always on their knees interceding. He called this prayer-room the powerhouse of the church. "If the engine room is out of action," Spurgeon explains, "then the whole mill will grind to a halt. We cannot expect blessing if we do not ask."
Prayer is simply speaking with God. As with Jesus' disciples (Mark 3:14), the first part of our calling as human beings is fellowship with God. As Augustine said, "God made us for Himself." What an honour! We pray because prayer works. But prayer is not magic. Prayer works because God is good. "The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective" (James 5:16), because God has so ordained it that He, the omnipotent One, acts in response to the prayers of His people. God works through prayer. The great John Wesley goes as far as saying that "God does nothing but in answer to prayer."
At Elim we dare to believe that "God shapes the world by prayer." (E.M. Bounds) Really. So, prayer is one of the most important actions you will ever do! We recognise from the Scriptures that "God's giving is inseparably connected with our asking." (Andrew Murray) This is because God wants to advance His kingdom in partnership with His people. But kingdom advance does not come easily. Prayer is warfare. "Prayer is not a preparation for the battle, it is the battle." (Oswald Chambers) There is a unique power when God's people come together to seek Him in prayer and worship (Matthew 18:19-20).
As a church we are hungry to see God glorified in our city. We recognise that significant kingdom victories will be won on our knees. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:5). So, in addition to personal prayer, and prayer in Lifegroups, we organise set times of corporate prayer.
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PRE-SERVICE PRAYER MEETING
God is our everything. We don't just need good worship and good preaching - we need Him! God invites us as His people to draw near to Him, and He promises that as we do, He will draw near to us. So we gather each Sunday to draw near to our Abba and King on behalf of those coming to our church services. ALL WELCOME!
Sundays 9.15am | 6pm
Monday evenings 7 - 9 pm
Visitor's Lounge, Elim Church