God calls us to be a people of prayer, desperately depending on Him to move and transform hearts and lives. At the recent Gather. Train. Pray. Pastor’s Prayer Revolution Breakfast, Senior Pastor Shane Stanford challenged attendees to join him in making Christ Church a praying church saying, “We want to show the world that we are a church that prays, not just a church with a prayer ministry.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Shane said there are two things that are important in this verse: to pray daily and to pray boldly. Christ Church is introducing some resources to help you do that.
Online Prayer Calendar/Prayer Wall: There are 168 hours in a week, and Shane wants Christ Church members praying all 168 hours. To help with this, we have launched a new online prayer calendar and prayer wall. Go to christchurchmemphis.org/prayer and choose a time slot to be intentional about praying for the church. Scroll down to submit prayer requests and pray for posted requests.
Submit a Ping Pong Prayer: To show how prayer is growing in the life of our church, we’ve set up a display in Holy Grounds. Write a one to two-word prayer on a ping pong ball and drop it in the display. Hear more from Shane here.
“Prayer is not just the front door of your spiritual walk,” Shane said. “It is the portal for our accountability, for our peace as a congregation, for our moving forward in what God is working in, shaping in us in any day, particularly these days.”
Shane said charter member Andy Sippel is the vessel for this new emphasis on prayer. Andy is passionate about prayer, and God spoke to him in a powerful way through the movie War Room during our Summer Movie Series. After the movie, Andy talked to Shane about having the church focus on prayer. Shane agreed with Andy, but neither one knew how this would develop. God began to speak to others including Director of Global Missions Stephanie Powell, who felt called to lead this new emphasis on prayer.
During the breakfast, Andy shared how prayer has been an important part of his life since tragically losing his dad when he was 10 years old. “I’ve learned number one over time that you can trust God every time,” Andy said. “I’ve learned that there are no issues, no concerns, no problems in my life that God ever is unaware of or is not concerned about. It’s not too great or too small. God’s been a part of my life every moment.”
Shane and Andy believe God is calling our church into the mighty act of prayer, and they encourage you to make prayer a priority in your life by asking God to use you in ways you can’t even imagine. Want to join the prayer revolution? Go to christchurchmemphis.org/prayer to get started!