We have been learning that disciples of Jesus are dependent on and devoted to Jesus. We also see that disciples take their next steps in Christ's way TOGETHER. But how do we express our dependence on Jesus together? The pattern of the early church makes it clear that we do it by PRAYING TOGETHER.
As we start the new year considering ways God wants us to take our next steps as disciples, we want to start in a posture of prayer.
Our vision for January and February is that we would learn to support one another by praying together on the path of discipleship.
This will be seen as we embrace three goals set by our elders:
Prayer is the common "First Response" in our times of fellowship - Stop, Drop, and Pray TOGETHER. (One-on-One)
Each Gospel Community experiences full participation in the practice of Spirit-led, Scripture-fed, Worship-Based prayer in the pattern Jesus taught us. (Gospel Communities)
Engaged, expectant prayer TOGETHER marks every activity at Oak Hill. (Whole Church Prayer)
Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches
Nearly all Christians would affirm the centrality of prayer for a healthy Christian life. And yet, for many, prayer is often a challenge, requiring intense personal commitment and self-discipline. However, as Megan Hill points out in Praying Together, our normal approach to prayer leaves out a crucial component: other people. While personal prayer is important, God designed the church to be a community of believers who regularly pray together. Exploring the Bible’s rich teaching on what it means to gather at God’s throne with one voice, Hill lays a theological foundation for corporate prayer and offers practical guidance for making it a reality―in our families, churches, and communities.