The Prayer Gatherings are designed for individuals and families (even children!) to come together to pray for Trinity. Rather than praying through a list of individual needs, areas are designated in the sanctuary with general topics. Each topic uses a different form of prayer (from silent meditation to praying aloud with others) to help everyone connect with God and effectively intercede for our church and community. Each prayer area also includes simple prayers for families or children to use (or to help guide their prayers), as well as a simple activity that both adults and children can do. The activities are meant to prayerfully reinforce the prayer topic.
The goal of the Prayer Gatherings is threefold: to help those who come to connect with Jesus, to inspire everyone at Trinity to “devote” themselves to prayer (Acts 2:42 and 6:4), and to provide an opportunity to learn and practice different forms of prayer (such as praying Scripture).
“ In Luke 19, we see Jesus entering the temple and chasing out those who were selling things, saying, "It is written: 'And my house shall be a House of Prayer, but you have made it a robber's den!'" Jesus didn't say, "My house shall be a house of worship," although worship is important. He didn't say, "A house of Scripture," although that's important too. He said, "My house shall be a House of Prayer."
But what does that mean? What does a "House of Prayer" look like?
Prayer can be a difficult thing. Even the disciples asked, "Lord, teach us to pray." On Wednesday, March 27th, we will have our next all-church Prayer Gathering at Trinity. We will have tables placed around the sanctuary. At each table, there will be an opportunity to pray for the needs of our church community. There will a place to pray for our pastors, another for our children, and others for our church's other needs. At the same time, we will be exploring what it might look like to be a House of Prayer.
Please join us as together we ask, "Lord, teach us to pray!"