About the department
The Prayer Ministries Department of the North England Conference aims to support our member's spiritual development as they seek a consistent and personal prayer life, resulting in a more profound knowledge of God, passion for His will, and effective Christian living and service.
Our main goal is to invite the practice of prayer as outlined in John 15:7,
"If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."
We value prayer that springs from a relationship with Christ and a deep appreciation of Him. Therefore, we endorse the practice of prayer and Bible study as a means to develop a relationship with God and know Him personally, rather than solely seeking answers to perceived needs.
We also envision prayer as fuel in the engine that drives the Church to accomplish its mission and goals. We exist to create opportunities for our members to unite in prayer for the Holy Spirit and empowerment to share the Gospel of Christ and His soon return effectively.
Early Morning Devotionals
What is prayer to me?
- “It’s like cheap therapy, having someone to listen to you, who is there all the time.” (Young adult)
- “It’s making contact with the Lord, and being able to speak face to face although I cannot see Him, speaking to Him on a personal basis.” (elderly female)
- “It’s like going to someone when you need help.” (Teenager)
- “It’s talking to God about your problems and asking Him for forgiveness.” (12 year old)
- “It’s a relief… my comfort zone.” (adult male)
- “Pouring out my heart to a friend.” (adult female)
- “It’s a thousand blessings and goodness for me.” (elderly male)
- “It’s when you ask God for something, or just talking to Him.” (9 year old)
- “Opening my heart to Christ, because, although He knows everything, it gives me the opportunity to express myself to Him.” (Adult female)
- “A rock, and a shoulder to lean on. It’s company in lonely times, an assurance that God is there.” (Adult female)
- Metaphors for prayer – “Oxygen," “breath,” “power to move strongholds,” “connection,” “relationship,” "shield,” “fuel.”
Comforting words about prayer
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28. NIV)
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ. (Philippians 4:6, 7. KJV.)
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague. He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.” (Psalms 91:1-4 BSB)
“Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. “The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watch-care, not another soul for whom He gave His Beloved Son”. (STC, p,100)