Jesus said ‘my house will be a house of prayer;’ we long for our church to be Jesus’ house, a house of prayer. Prayer is to be integral to all that we are and do at VEC. D.L. Moody is often quoted as saying ‘every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.’ We long for God to move in and through us, and we commit ourselves to pray for that to happen.
We have regular church prayer times each month, in the morning on the second Saturday of the month, and in the evening on the last Monday of the month. This is an opportunity for us to come together and communicate with our loving heavenly Father, both speaking and also listening to him as we bring everything to God in prayer. During these times of prayer, we are thankful to God for his goodness and we pray for the ministry of the church, the needs of individuals within the church family, the different events that we are involved with, the needs of our town, and the needs that we are aware of within our nation and in our world.
We want to have prayer permeate all that we do, so we pray often during our worship services and we encourage people to pray daily through our monthly prayer calendar and our fellowship prayer directory. The prayer calendar has a daily reminder of an important prayer point. These are circulated by print, email and text. Our prayer directory is a list of the church family and its ministry, which people can use to bath the whole church in prayer. Emergent prayer items are sent out through our weekly newsletter, mass email or text requests. VEC’s staff meets every Monday to pray for the needs at VEC.
We have the amazing privilege of serving a God who loves it when his children speak to him, listen to him and respond to him. Prayer reflects and deepens the dynamic nature of our relationship with God. Our vision for VEC is that we would be a loving family devoted to God, and we believe one way we express that well is by coming together to reflect our dependence and commitment to the God who loves us and gave himself for us, and bearing one another’s burdens as we cast our cares upon our Creator.
‘More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.’
Alfred Lord Tennyson