At a time when most churches have eliminated corporate prayer you may be thinking, why does Grace Baptist Church still have this particular focus?
We find evidence throughout Scripture, but especially in the New Testament, for the importance of corporate prayer. After the Day of Pentecost, the early church devoted itself, among other things, to “the prayers” (Acts 2:42). We read of another corporate prayer meeting that is held as the people plead for Peter’s release—a request the Lord grants (Acts 12:12–17). Corporate prayer and fasting also leads to the setting apart and sending out of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1–3). Paul also instructs Timothy to lead the church in Ephesus to pray for all men, especially kings and those in high positions. (1 Tim. 2:1–2, 8).
Through corporate prayer, God’s people come to a keen understanding of how they are united in Christ. “So we, though many, are one body in Christ.” (Romans 12:5). Praying together trains the desires of our hearts to be united in faith, united in hope and united in love, “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Phil. 1:27).
We have two designated times for corporate prayer.
Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting – 7:00pm at the church
Our weekly prayer meeting is one hour in duration. The service begins with singing followed by a devotional from the word of God. This leaves about 25 minutes for prayer. Men and women will split up to pray. There are also supervised prayer times for school age children and teenagers. The nursery is open and available for use on Wednesday evenings for children, infant to two years old.
Special Days of Fasting and Prayer
These days are called by the elders, usually twice a year, to help us focus on particular aspects of church life, as well as, the needs of our community, our nation, its leaders and the world in general.