Community Prayer

Tuesdays, 6-7 pm | Sanctuary*
Begins March 4

* Prayer will be in Fellowship Hall for these days only: March 11, March 18, and April 22
Name *

Great performances are made “offstage.” The performance is born out of countless hours of honing one’s craft in the privacy of a practice room with deliberate and disciplined rehearsal. When the curtain comes up and the lights are flipped on, if there has been no preparation, then there will probably be no inspiration! Such it is, also, with vision and mission.

When Jesus told his disciples that they would be on the stage of the world as representatives of his kingdom, sent to be his witnesses, he didn’t pull up the curtain and switch on the spotlight, but he told them to prepare for the power of his Spirit to descend upon them. He told them to wait and pray. Throughout the history of the church, prayer has often been the precursor to a great movement of God’s Spirit through his people, the story of Pentecost being a case in point.

As God has called the community of IPC to consider its call to "make disciples who make disciples," the IPC leadership has felt even more than ever a compelling desire to be people of prayer. It is the preparatory work necessary to live into the vision that God has for us—communication with the God who gives us the vision in the first place to carry out the mission of Jesus in the places in which we live, work, and play.

We will pray through the Psalms together, a discipline that for centuries has been practiced by the church. The Psalms are what founding IPC pastor, Ben Patterson, calls “God’s Prayer Book” and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together, describes psalms as the prayers of Jesus himself. It is more than likely that the early disciples, waiting patiently in the upper room for God to fulfill his promise to empower them with his Spirit and thrust them on to the global stage as his witnesses, prayed the Psalms together.

Each week, one of our leaders will facilitate our prayer through a different Psalm. There will be time for intercessory prayer for one another, our larger community, and specifically God’s call, to make us disciples who are intent upon making disciples where we live, work, and play. Our session leadership has made this a priority for its own spiritual health and direction on the evenings in which it meets together. Whether you are able to make every week or not, we hope that you will consider joining us in this time.

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)