The Importance of Prayer

I am assuming if you are reading this blog then prayer is at least somewhat important to you. At its very basic level, prayer is defined as communication with God. Reminder: communication does not just involve talking, it involves listening, too!

How often do you pray? What do you pray for in your prayers? Is there anything for which we ought not to pray?

I believe God wants to hear from you. One of our prayers that we use in our church liturgy reads like this: “O God, who gave us birth, you are ever more ready to hear than we are to pray.” Communication in any relationship is crucially vital. Without constant communication two people drift apart. The same is true in our prayer life with God.

God wants to hear from you. So, won’t you pray and communicate with God today?

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The Importance of Prayer

Have you ever gone through a difficult time? How about someone you love–have they ever face hard times? Life is not always easy, in fact, sometimes life is downright difficult! Things can happen unexpectedly and without any warning whatsoever. There is an old saying that goes like this: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Well, as a faithful Christian, I like to twist that saying slightly: “When the going gets tough, it helps to pray!”

I know from experience that having people praying for us makes a difference and is a true blessing. I sometimes felt great relief, assurance, and affirmation just from knowing somebody is praying for me! Have you ever felt this, too?

Jesus said that prayer can move mountains. Think about that for a minute… can prayer really move mountains? If this is true, than why don’t we pray more often? There are some mountains in my life and many times I am overwhelmed by the size of these mountains in my life. Prayer is the antidote.

Jesus also said that you don’t have because you don’t ask. Well, today, take some time to pray to God. Pray for those who are sick and under the shadow of an imposing mountain in their life. Pray for those who lost a dear loved one recently. Pray for your own life and the mountains you face. Pray. Just pray. It will make a difference!

The Power of Prayer

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We just launched a new online software called “The Table Project.” The idea is to bring us together more often than just Sunday mornings. There are several features or apps in this program, but the one I want to talk about today is the Prayer App.

SUMC has a strong belief and practice in prayer. We have several Prayer Chains and almost all of our groups pray for one another in our church and extended families. We also spend time in corporate prayer on Sunday morning. We know the power and importance of prayer!

The church’s new Table Project helps us stay connected with one another in our prayer life virtually. Here’s how it works:

  1. Someone posts a prayer
  2. The prayer request is then sent out to others in the Table
  3. A persons who receive the request, clicks on a “Pray Now” button and then prayers a prayer
  4. The prayer request tracks how many prayers were offered up for this specific request
  5. The wonderful thing is this can be done from your computer, tablet, or smart phone
  6. The recipient of the prayer request knows that prayers were offered up on their behalf

This is all possible thanks to the new Table Project, but you have to sign up to be part of this meaningful aspect in our church’s prayer life. Think of it as another Prayer Chain but with a visible response for each prayer prayed for each request!

To sign up for the new SUMC Table Project, click here.

The Table Project offers many more features, but today I just wanted to highlight the Prayer App. Those who already are signed up are excited about how this Prayer App is working and how we get a real sense of our connectedness!

Sign up today (it’s free) and be part of our Stroudsburg UMC Table Project!

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Prayer

This week’s sermon is all about prayer.

Do you know how to pray? Do you know what to ask for from God? Do you ever feel slightly guilty for bothering God with your stuff? Do you pray for pets? Do you pray at mealtimes even when you go out to eat? Do you teach your children to pray?

Prayer is fundamentally “communication with God.” If you ever talk to God even quietly in your mind, you are praying.

Come to worship this week and learn more about the importance of prayer. You will learn how to pray and what to pray for in your daily life. If  you want to know more about prayer, then this worship experience is for you!

What questions do you have about prayer? What things do you pray for in your life? Do you believe that all prayers are answered?

How is it with your Prayer Life?

This coming Sunday’s sermon will ask the question: “How is it with your prayer life?”

We all assume that as Christians we know how to pray and that we actually pray all the time. But do we? Or do we only pray when we find ourselves in time of trouble or need?

Is your prayer life well-rounded? Are you confident in your talks with God or do you find yourself avoiding talks with God?

Do you know how to pray? What do you pray for? Do you pray at the same time every day? Do you pray before meals or before bedtime?

How is with your prayer life?

I’d love to hear how your prayer life is going and what struggles you may be encountering in your prayer life. So, how’s it going?