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Most churches pray, but not all are praying churches.

Most churches pray, but not all are praying churches.

Most churches pause during their gatherings to pray, sometimes out of ritual, but certainly out of sincerity.

But, how does a church make the leap to become a praying church, where prayer is the engine and fuel behind every spiritual advancement?

1. Prayer is modeled.

Prayer is caught more than taught. Praying pastors model a prayerful life and those that are influenced by them tend to lead a prayerful life of their own. We just started 21 days of prayer and fasting with prayer meetings happening 24 hours a day. I am leading many of these meetings because I really do believe it is powerful when two or more gather to pray in unity.

2. Prayer is first.

In a praying church, the first response to any difficult situation is to pray. When there is still no solution, the answer is to pray again. Repeat as needed.

3. Prayer is proactive.

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he told them to first ask for God’s Kingdom to come to the earth. Later in the prayer, he told them to ask for daily bread. It is true that the most attended prayer services are normally after a national or local crisis and that is certainly warranted. However, we should be proactive in our prayers, asking now for the Kingdom to come.

4. Prayer is the assignment.

In Eugene Peterson’s classic book, Working the Angles, he writes that many church members make it difficult for pastors to spend unhurried time in prayer. It is easier to point to new buildings, compelling sermons and increased attendance as signs of their success. Instead, a praying church sees prayer as the primary assignment of their leaders.

5. Prayer is worship and worship is prayer.

A praying church prays with a singing voice. Their songs are anthems, prophetic declarations and pronouncements of faith. We sing as we pray and we pray as we sing. A praying church believes in the power of words spoken and words sung. They believe God hears all of it and responds to all of us.  

Brady Boyd Brady is the Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He is married to his college sweetheart, Pam and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He just wrote a book called "Fear No Evil" and he's really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers.

More from Brady Boyd or visit Brady at http://newlifeblogs.com/bradyboyd/

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  • Ryan

    I’ve mentioned this before on this subject. A real relationship is a two way street. Prayer alone would be like the disciples asking Jesus how to pray and Jesus doesn’t respond to their request (prayer). Great and all you want to be a praying church but what about response from God? Does your church know how to ‘hear’ God?.. That is if God so chooses to respond. That all depends on each persons individual relationship to Him and whether their petitions are truly from the heart or just words to fill the air. I’ve found that the things I’m concerned about and what God is concerned about are two different things and God will guide me to what is truly important. I pray and read the bible together, both talking and listening to God, watching, listening for Him to speak. His words are more important than my sometimes fleshly prayers. After a while, God guides me and turns my attention to those important things and my conversations with God are redirected to those things. Our relationship with God is a two way street. It goes both ways. Prayer alone is not a relationship. Anyone can pray including none Christians, but not everyone can hear God. So if you ever preach on prayer, it would be wise to also preach on hearing God in the same breath.

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