'Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.'
1 Chronicles 16:11
Have you ever wondered why so many people pray?
Albert Einstein said there are only two ways to live. Either nothing is a miracle or everything’s a miracle. Either life’s a fluke and we’re just a bunch of highly evolved animals on a big rock lost in space, or there is a creator beyond creation; a God behind goodness. And if so then connecting with Him in prayer is pretty much the most mind-blowing thing you can do. Archeologists keep digging stuff up that shows people have always prayed. People of many faiths pray daily. Even atheists admit to praying sometimes.
Real prayer is a two way conversation with the living God, who loves and listens to the things we say. Jesus said, “Ask anything in my name and it will be done.”
We have a chance to ask for peace, healing, health or whatever we need. He promises to hear the whispers, cries, questions, elations and bitter sobs of our hearts. What appears to be a tiny prayer, in the vast ocean of need - in the hands of God becomes more massive than we can imagine. Life matters, you matter, your choices, thoughts, prayers and actions echo in eternity.
But in case you hadn’t noticed, God is pretty much invisible and not always easy to hear. There are distractions, disappointments and questions that we all share.
As a church, we are committed to helping everyone have that two way conversation with God in the midst of life and to connect with God in new ways. We are discovering that God is real, life is a miracle and one of the most important things you could ever do is pray.
Our week is criss-crossed with opportunities to pray.
We also gather for silent contemplative prayer sessions lasting thirty minutes, which take place about once a month.
Half-nights of prayer, whole nights and 24/7 weeks of prayer are interspersed through the year. They are a time to come together and stand before God, bowed down in worship and lifted up in expectation and thankfulness, as we seek His face for a particular area of concern.
Check out the 'News & Events' page and News Sheet to find out about upcoming Prayer Gatherings.
All of us need help on our journey of faith. It might be that we are carrying too much baggage; we are not sure which way to go; or our hearts and minds are preoccupied by the places we have been or the things we have seen along the way. Healing prayer helps set us on our way again by opening us to the regenerative power of God’s Spirit.
Prayer ministry is available at most services. There is also an occasional healing service. You may also want to make an appointment with one of the team to pray with you.
We also run a prayer chain headed up by Muriel Venning. Urgent prayer requests are sent quickly along the chain for the church to intercede.
Prayer Across the City
There are plenty of opportunities to join God's people from across Bath as we unite in prayer for our city. One of which is CHOPs (Community Houses of Prayer), which meet monthly across the city to contend for God's Kingdom to come and for the wellbeing, transformation and renewal of our city. Please click the link below to find your nearest CHOP and when the next gathering is.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."