John 15:7 “If you abide in Me and My word abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
These words of Jesus outline the dynamics of prayer and how it can be experienced.
Praying to God, is like having a heart to heart with a very best friend, someone who knows and loves you deeply, and always has your best interest at heart. Someone with whom you can be open and honest, and trust with your innermost thoughts without fear of being cast off, forsaken or rejected.
Prayer is the believer’s response to God’s invitation for relational intimacy. It is the key to the door through which to enter into God’s personal space in order to really get to know Him. This action of drawing near to God occurs as a result of God first stirring within the believer’s heart a desire for connection with their Creator, as Jesus said in John 4:46, “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him…”
The main goal of NEC Prayer Ministry is to invite and promote the practice of prayer as outlined in John 15:7. Prayer that is underpinned by an abiding relationship with Christ and intimate knowledge of God through Bible study.
We aim to support and encourage the membership’s spiritual development within the context of a strong, consistent, personal prayer life, resulting in effective intercession for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. For successful evangelism, and sustainable church growth, extending God’s kingdom by winning another through nurturing prayer, and loving fellowship.
“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”
“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)