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Prayer

Prayer

A commitment to prayer is the life blood of our relationship with God and is core to building Christian faith. All through the Bible there are examples of prayer by great men of faith and Jesus himself considered it so important that He gave teaching on it and modelled it for us.   Prayer is when we connect supernaturally with the heart of God and we can listen to Him, speak to Him, thank Him and intercede before Him.

Our aim at Heathervale Baptist Church is to be a faithful people of prayer in our own lives and     as a corporate church.  We actively encourage personal prayer in our individual devotional lives as well as prayer in our services and in our home groups and all activity groups. 

In addition to personal prayer we place a high importance on prayer for one another and on corporate prayer within the Body of the Church. 

 

Prayer Team

As a church we maintain a small group of people who are called and committed to pray with others.  We expect that, following the preaching of the Word, there will be a response and a time of ministry when this prayer team is available to pray with any person who wishes prayer.   As God’s Spirit moves on people we expect ‘signs and wonders’ to take place in people’s lives.  We follow a biblical model for prayer and times of ministry which include prayer for spiritual,  emotional and physical healing as well as prayer for Spiritual Gifts and baptism in the Holy Spirit and also leading people to Christ.

 

Prayer Chain

We operate a prayer chain to allow anyone who regularly attends Heathervale to mobilise prayer support from the Church over situations or crises that immediately affect them. The Bible tells us to pray for one another and support each other in prayer.  Prayer requests may be made by email, telephone or in person to the church office and are distributed by phone or email.

 

Prayer Meetings & Celebrations

Corporate Prayer is key to spiritual growth and effective outreach of the church. The Bible frequently talks about the church meeting together to pray. The result of this corporate prayer was the demonstration of God’s power in miracles and the growth of the church as in Acts 2, ‘They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs … and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved’.