Pillar 3. Pray in Faith

(prayer warriors/dependence on God/faith)

a. FMC is committed to taking our next steps towards Christ together in faith, full dependence on God, and in prayer

b. FMC is a church solely and fully dependent upon the Lord FMC moves at God’s pace, in His direction, and by His power

c. FMC promotes directed and intentional prayer, free and spontaneous prayer, and always strives for concise and lucid prayers

d. FMC prays for temporal challenges with an eye toward eternity and God’s Kingdom

e. FMC prays for the sick, the lost, the broken, the forgotten, the fallen, and the abandoned

f. FMC prays for God to shape and empower FMC towards its vision/mission

g. FMC cultivates a prayer team focused on the full spectrum of ministry, engaging in prayer during all worship services

h. FMC employs applications allowing people to submit prayers at any point in time w/ appropriate information posted

i. FMC Staff holds daily prayer sessions; elders commit significant time each week to prayer

Reformed [ECO] Theological Tenets

The first response of gratitude is prayer, and the daily discipline of prayer – both individually and together – should mark the Christian life. The life of prayer includes praise to God for His nature and works, sincere confession of our sin, and intercession for the needs of those we know and for the needs of the world.

Q. 116. Why is prayer necessary for Christians?
A. Because it is the chief part of the gratitude which God requires of us, and because God will give his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who sincerely beseech him in prayer without ceasing, and who thank him for these gifts.

Q. 117. What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him?
A. First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word.

Q. 118. What has God commanded us to ask of him?
A. All things necessary for soul and body which Christ the Lord has included in the prayer which he himself taught us.

Recommended Books

Venues to Implement this Pillar

1. Prayer Walks

2. Prayer Meetings

3. Individual Prayer

4. Sign up to pray during one of our corporate gatherings

Platforms & Exercises to Develop this Pillar

  • Pray Scripture
  • Pray from the Book of Common Prayer
  • Pray our Kingdom Prayers, found each week on our website
  • Work through the resources found on our prayer page website (fourmile.org/prayer)
  • Find someone in your life that is difficult to love and serve him or her.
  • Pray during one of our worship services in our prayer room with another member of this pillar
  • Pray continuously for an hour
  • Develop a prayer outline, daily prayer plan, and plan to pray throughout the week

John Stott’s Morning Trinitarian Prayer

John Stott’s Morning Trinitarian Prayer
Good morning heavenly Father,
Good morning Lord Jesus,
Good morning Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I worship you as the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world.
Holy Spirit, I worship you, sanctifier of the people of God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more.

Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.

Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me. Amen.