Prayer at New Hope
At New Hope we value prayer as a means of developing our relationship with God, hearing from him, and seeing his power and presence come into situations and the lives of people we bring to him, as well as in our own lives as a church and as individuals. Here are some of the ways in which we can pray together and by ourselves.
Prayer on Sundays (sometimes called "intercession") takes many different forms. Sometimes prayers will be said from the front, possibly leaving a time of quiet for others to speak out prayers or to pray silently. Occasionally we pray from the screen, often in a responsive form where the leader will say part and then everyone else says another part. Often our prayer is very creative and might take the form of writing our prayers on stickers and posting them on a picture.
If you would like to lead the prayers during a Sunday service, please contact Joy or Sheila who will be glad to slot you in and to give you some ideas of how you could do this if you are new to leading prayer.
On most Sundays after the service there is the opportunity in the "quiet" corner for individuals to receive prayer ministry for healing, or any other area of need, or to respond to any words from God received during the service.
At New Hope we have a prayer chain. This operates by someone who wants prayer for a particular need contacting Sheila, who then forwards this prayer request in confidence to the people who have agreed to pray. If you would like to join the prayer chain or you have any queries about it, please contact Sheila who organises this.
Monthly Prayer Diary
The prayer diary is a useful tool to help us to remember each other in our personal prayers at home during the week. It has the names of others in the community against each day of the month so that we are all praying for the same person on that day and everyone is being prayed for each month! Copies are available in church or from the office.
During Lent, together with Greyfriars, we usually transform the top floor meeting rooms into dedicated prayer rooms for 24/7 prayer throughout the week. Both rooms, one room quiet for silent prayer, have several prayer stations with a wide variety of resources to stimulate prayer including arts, games, and other activities. Bible meditations take place lunchtimes, workshops during the day and other prayer events in the evening. People meet with God in a very special way in the prayer room and during the different events.
Other Ways of Praying Together
We regularly pray for each other in our small groups which meet during the week, and every so often as a church we meet together on a weekday evening to have a special time of worship, prayer and listening to God.
Last, but certainly not least, we can all pray with one another anytime, anywhere throughout the week as we meet each other or speak on the phone.
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 5:14-15