WITH ONE HEART & VOICE
a people who pray together
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [Romans 15.5-6]
Should we pray together as a congregation, and if so, why? And how does that differ from the praying together which forms part of our Sunday worship?
Is there Scriptural warrant for a congregational ‘prayer meeting’, and if so what is it?
Where, for instance, would you take a person if they asked for the biblical rationale for a fellowship of God’s people gathering on a regular basis specifically to pray together?
There are a whole load of good and important questions around this theme of corporate prayer! Our hope is that it will prove both important and helpful for us to look at these questions together, through the Sunday morning series of studies and then in the context of our Community Groups.
The hardest thing – but perhaps the most important thing – may be for us deliberately to start in our thinking from a ‘blank canvas’: our past experience and our previous approaches are bound to inform our thinking, understandably so, but it will be important for us to ensure that they don’t prejudice our thinking.
We’ll aim to get to grips then, first, with the principles involved, and then try to discern together how these principles will be best worked out and expressed in practice here at this time.
Hopefully, our being able prayerfully to address these issues together in this way will help us come to a clear and common mind under God on this crucial matter as to His way forward for us here at this time.
“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then …”
Week beginning Sunday 23 October 2016: With One Heart And Voice 1
Week beginning Sunday 30 October 2016: With One Heart And Voice 2
Week beginning Sunday 6 November 2016: With One Heart And Voice 3
Week beginning Sunday 13 November 2016: With One Heart And Voice 4
Week beginning Sunday 20 November 2016: With One Heart And Voice 5
Week beginning Sunday 27 November 2016: With One Heart And Voice 6
Week beginning Sunday 4 December 2016: With One Heart And Voice 7
Week beginning Sunday 11 December 2016: With One Heart And Voice 8