We believe that prayer expresses God's definition of the Church:
Isa 56:7, Ps 72:15 It is God’s brilliant strategy for engaging the saints in intimate partnership with Him for the ultimate purpose of the glory of God: John 14:13 John 16:24
The fact that God would invite us to co-operate in His grace by asking (prayer) Him about everything, reveals more than just a foundational principle of the Kingdom: Phil 4:6, 1 Thess. 5:17; James 4:2. It is also a clear expression of God’s desire to deepen and establish relationship with us by sharing His heart, His interests and His plans; Jer 29:11-12.
This has such a profound impact on us as God speaks and moves our hearts and in response we speak and God’s heart is moved. In this divine exchange our hearts are transformed, we are anointed with power and it releases revelation, Eph 1:17, and trains us in humility to rule in God’s wisdom.
At JVC we have a simple strategy for strengthening our prayer life:
Have a right view of God; by exposing our hearts and minds to regular teaching Wednesday/Sunday and personal study about the truth and matchless beauty of His personality, which will cause us to WANT to pray Jn 4:9-10.
Setting regular prayer times gives us the WHEN to pray.
A simple prayer strategy gives us the WHAT to pray.
Prayer was never meant to be duty based or result orientated but a place where we encounter the God of all joy Isa 56:7, God of all glory Ex 33:18, and God of all pleasure Ps 16:11.
- Sunday morning
- Friday evening (worship/intercession)
- Thursday morning (devotional)
- Last Monday of each month