Prayer is the first of St. Luke’s five Inside-Out habits and is the foundation of everything we do. When you pray, not only are you engaging in a meaningful relationship with God. You are actively aligning your will with God’s will and getting one step closer to living and loving like Jesus.
Why do we pray?
1. Because Scripture tells us to do so. The witness of Scripture is an integral part of our relationship with God.
2. Because Jesus did. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16
3. Because the primary purpose of prayer is intimacy with God. It is as simple as a conversation.
4. Because it aligns our hearts with God’s will. God will place the right desires in our hearts.
5. Because prayer is powerful. In ways that we don’t fully understand, God uses prayers to change things.
6. Because prayer positions us correctly with God. We surrender to God to be a part of his purpose.
7. Because prayer together unites us. It aligns us as a church family with God’s purposes for us.
How should I pray?
There is no wrong way to pray so long as you are honest with God when you pray. Below is a common structure to our prayers that is a great guide to prayer.
Adoration: Offering God our praise for who God is
Confession: Asking God for forgiveness for the ways that we have fallen short
Thanksgiving: Naming all of the ways you are grateful towards God
Supplication: Asking God for what we need and want
Using the “ACTS” structure for your prayers will ensure that they are balanced.
WAYS TO PRAY
Write your prayer request on a Prayer Leaf for the Prayer team! Leaves can be found by the Prayer Tree, the Welcome Desk, or in envelopes in the pews. Leaves can be submitted in the Lucite boxes near the Prayer Tree or Welcome Desk and in the offering plate on Sundays.
Join us the first Wednesday of every month for a Prayer Service of Healing. Rev. Thomas Harper leads a time of prayer and communion where we ask God for spiritual and physical healing for you or a loved one. The services begin at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.
Upcoming Prayer and Healing Services:
July 10, August 7, September 4
Be a minister of comfort with this tangible symbol of God’s warm embrace by giving someone a prayer shawl, lovingly and prayerfully knit and crocheted by St. Luke’s women. See Rev. Thomas Harper in the church office to pick up a shawl. Join the Prayer Shawl Ministry or even learn how to knit on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month 1-2:30 p.m in the Chapel Parlor.
It is an honor to lift up the concerns of the people to God. Prayer Team volunteers come to the church to pray over the requests gathered from worship services, submitted on the prayer wall and left on the prayer line. Most volunteers sign up to pray on campus for an hour each week or an hour each month. Additional times are available. Contact Rev. Thomas Harper to learn more.