WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer, or conversation with God, is intended to help us grow in our relationship with him, seek his guidance, and ask for wisdom. As Christians, prayer is a way for us to share our hearts, emotions, and desires with God, and it offers us the opportunity to listen for his voice in our lives.

Prayer is a crucial part of creating a vibrant spiritual life and allows us to have a profound connection with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 instructs us to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

WHY SHOULD I PRAY?

We are invited, encouraged, and even commanded to pray so we can grow closer to God, serve him, and discern his voice in our lives. Whether we pray individually, one-on-one, during worship services, or in a small group setting, prayer is intended to help us communicate with God and demonstrate our faith in him.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14

HOW SHOULD I PRAY?

Paul reminds us to pray about everything and relinquish our worries in Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

God desires to be close to us and he hears our prayers, whether we are new to prayer or have developed a rich prayer life.

PRAYER RESOURCES

We would love the opportunity to pray for you. If you would like to share a prayer request, you can visit the prayer team at the end of the service today, write down your prayer request and add it to the prayer wall, or submit a request online at crossings.church/prayerrequests at any time.

NEXT WEEK

Next week, we will explore what it means to find and follow Jesus. Visit crossings.church/the-weekly to read more posts like this!

RESOURCES & MORE

If you’re new to Crossings and you’d like to learn more about what we believe, how to get involved, or who to ask if you have questions, visit crossings.church/about. We’d love to connect with you there!

Want to take your faith to the next level? Read weekly devotions written by the Crossings OKC and Edmond pastoral staff, explore teaching series classes, listen to worship music, or view sermon messages.

Don’t forget to download the Crossings App to grow on-the-go!