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|“One of the most amazing things in the Gospels is how much time Jesus spent in prayer. He had only three years of public ministry, but He was never too hurried to spend hours in prayer. He prayed before every difficult task and at every crisis in His ministry. No day began or closed in which He was not in communion with His Father.” – Billy Graham, Hope for a Troubled Heart|
Room to Grow
Hilltown family, of THE CORE VALUES WE IDENTIFIED, this is the area in which I fear we fall short the most. If someone were to visit our church for a month, spending time in our various ministries, would they come away overwhelmed and saying, “Wow, these people genuinely value and believe in the power of prayer!”? I’m not sure they would. And I desperately want that to change.
Diagnosing and Redirecting
This is the third in our “Core Values” series (see PART 1 HERE, PART 2 HERE) where we set out to answer questions like “What defines Hilltown the most? What do we cherish most and why?” The reason A Strong Prayer Base is included among this list is not because it is something we already do so well, but something we want to do better. And I believe we can and will. I don’t need to overwhelm us with the biblical evidence for the importance of prayer. We know that “the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective” (James 5:16) and that we are to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”(Romans 12:12). We see it modeled by Jesus who “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). We see it modeled in the early church who “were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
We defined a Strong Prayer Base as “Genuine dependence on the Lord evidenced in an impulse to turn to Him in confident anticipation of what He will do” (Acts 2:42; Rom 12:12; Phil 4:6). What would that look like at Hilltown? What are some ways you and I can help foster that? What are some things we need to see more of around our church?