Why Is Prayer Important?

Prayer is important because it makes us more like Jesus and because it reveals to us the heart and mind of God.

Prayer changes the one praying because in prayer, you are in the presence of God as you lay before Him your complete self in confession and dependence.  There is nothing to hide when in quiet supplication we are reaching into the deepest part of ourselves and admitting our needs and failures.  In so doing, our hearts are quieted and pride is stripped and we enjoy the presence of God.  James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."

When we look at the spiritual powerhouses of the past, we know that prayer was immensely important to them.

Prayer Quotes

“I pray because I can’t help myself. ... I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping.  It doesn’t change God. It changes me.” C.S. Lewis

  • “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Martin Luther
  • How do ordinary people live up to that, and why should we? Ordinary people can’t be expected to drop everything to pray, right? Actually, ordinary people can’t afford not to pray. Prayer is a gift given to us—and an activity expected of us—by the Lord. The Bible often says, “when you pray,” not “if you pray,” because prayer seems to be assumed of God’s followers. 

Bible Verses about Prayer

  • "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." (Ephesians 6:18)
  • "Pray continually." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray." (James 5:13)
  • "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." (Romans 12:12)
  • "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6)

Praying because we’re “supposed to” isn’t always enough to motivate us, but the truth is that prayer is much more than a rule. Prayer is important because it makes us more like Jesus and because it reveals to us the heart and mind of God.

The Prayer Ministry is responsible for continually praying for the Senior Pastor and the Church Ministry, seeking the will of God for the Ministry and for the vision that the Lord has given the Pastor for Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church.  

Prayer times are established at the church for believers to come together and seek the face of God for souls to be saved and lives to be restored by the Power of God.  Prayer times are listed below.

 

PRAYER TIMES:

(ALL ONSITE PRAYER SERVICES WILL RESUME POST PANDEMIC)

ALL NIGHT PRAYER:  1st Fridays 10PM - Saturday 6AM
MID-WEEK PRAYER:  Wednesday Night 7PM
NOON DAY PRAYER:  Monday-Friday 12 Noon
SUNDAY EARLY MORNING PRAYER:  Sundays 7AM
ALL DAY PRAYER:  5th Saturdays 8AM-3PM
ANNUAL PRAYER REVIVAL:  1st Two Weeks Of The New Year

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