Bible Study & Prayer Meeting

We meet in the church for Bible study and prayer every Tuesday evening from 7.00pm till about 8.30pm. At the moment Pastor Ackerley is leading us in a series of studies on the book of Colossians. You can listen to the latest messages on our sermons page.

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In the Prayer Meeting

Below is some advice and encouragement for those who find it difficult to pray aloud in the prayer meeting. It is a list of common barriers we may struggle with, accompanied by a verse from the Bible to help us overcome it.

“I prefer to pray silently in my heart.”

“They lifted up their voice to God with one accord.” Acts 4:24

“I don't feel like praying.”

“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1

“I am too unworthy to pray.”

“God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:13

“I am too tired tonight.”

“Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” Luke 22:46

“My mind goes blank whenever I try to pray.”

“For we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us.” Romans 8:26

“I am waiting for the Spirit to prompt me.”

“And they prayed.” Acts 1:24

“I am too nervous to pray in front of other people.”

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace” Hebrews 4:16

“Others pray more helpfully than I do.”

“Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1

“Someone has already prayed this prayer.”

“If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

“I cannot pray for long enough.”

Beware of the scribes … who make long prayers.” Luke 20:46,47

If the above does not cover your difficulties please consider these additional thoughts and suggestions:

  1. The main purpose of gathering for a prayer meeting is that we pray together aloud.
  2. If you can't think what to say – might you not thank the Lord for Who He is and for what He has done for you.
  3. Remember that we sometimes (often?) have to stir ourselves to prayer – just like other work.
  4. The ladies may pray; the men should pray. They have a responsibility to do so, and to lead. 1 Tim. 2.8
  5. Most of us have plenty to say to each other after the meeting. Can we not say a few words
    to the Lord during it?
  6. Our ability to pray helpfully in public is in some way related to our private prayer life.

And if you are a pray-er aloud, try to be fairly brief (usually no more than 5-7 mins at most), definite, scriptural, Christ-focussed, earnest, and patient with others. We all fail. May the Lord help us all.

"Prayer is the heartbeat in the life of a saved person" (O Hallesby)

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