Prayer is a significant part of our faith walk with Christ. It is our ability to access a living God - to be heard.
Two essential practices a follower of Jesus should implement in his or her life are Bible intake and prayer. Bible intake can take a variety of forms (reading, memorizing, listing to biblical preaching) and is the primary way God speaks to you. Prayer is the way we, as God’s people, talk with him.
Prayer is the way we express the joys and longings of our hearts to our Father who loves to hear from his children. Through prayer we express our gratitude for who God is and what he has done for us in Jesus. Prayer is the way we give God praise for his characteristics and attributes we see in Scripture. It’s in the safe haven of prayer, that we express our joys, our doubts, our fears, and our needs. We bring those things to God in prayer, because we believe that he hears us, that he loves us, and that he is powerful and wise enough to act for our greatest good.
“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:15-16 NIV)
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1 NIV)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2 NIV)
Jesus made prayer a priority in His life and ministry and he urged his followers to do the same. When the pressures and stresses of life begin to mount, prayer is often neglected. However, it is in the midst of life’s pressures that prayer is needed the most. By prioritizing prayer, we are humbling ourselves before God and acknowledge our great need for Him. Prioritizing prayer is the way we reject putting our ultimate trust in our own ability or ingenuity and instead demonstrate our confidence in the immeasurable power of God.
At Rolling Hills we try to have a regular rhythm of prayer and a variety of avenues for people in our church to pray and be impacted by prayer.
Post-Service Prayer - We have elders and Chaplains down front after every service ready to pray with you. Don’t be shy, that’s why they’re there.
Prayer Teams - We have prayer teams that meet to pray twice a week. They meet to pray for needs in the church on Thursday mornings, and they meet to pray on Sunday Mornings for our services. Email Max Medina if you’d like to participate.
Elder Prayer Nights - Our elders our available to pray with people in our church on the first Sunday evening of each quarter. Check our events page for more info.
Intercessory Prayer - Submit your prayer requests for our prayer team through this online form or fill out a Connect Card on Sunday. There will be a dedicated group of individuals praying for you and your request during the week.
Chaplains - We have a team of trained Chaplains ready to provide personal follow up and prayer if desired. Visit our Chaplain page for information on our Chaplain ministry.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
Pray The Bible by Donald Whitney