PRAYER

We are a church family dedicated to praying for each other. You may remain anonymous, and you can indicate how your request is distributed.  
Note: If your prayer request is urgent, please call the church office!

Why Pray?

In the New Testament a definite emphasis is placed on prayer from God Himself and by God's people. From the very beginning of the church and throughout the following decades prayer is seen as a central focus of church life and the source of its ability to complete its mission of being Christ's witnesses locally, regionally and globally (Acts 1:8). This prayer focus is seen in...
 
Acts 1:14 "All these were continually united in prayer..."
Acts 2:42 "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers."
Acts 12:5 "So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church."
Colossians 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer..."
1 Timothy 2:1 "First of all the, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone..."
 
Prayer must also be a central focus for our church body today. Cultivating an ever-increasing  culture of prayer within Fellowship is one of our primary priorities as a church. Here are some ways we are currently seeking to build a prayer culture and a dependence upon God.

Growth Groups

Adult small groups (Growth Groups) are the primary place where praying together with other believers occurs at Fellowship. We’re told in Acts 2:42 that one of the primary activities of the early believers was their commitment to praying together. While praying with other believers can be done in large group gatherings like Sunday morning services, small groups allow believers the time and place to open up and share their lives together and out of that sharing to understand how best to support each other in prayer. Like the early believers, we believe spiritual growth occurs as Christians pray together. At Fellowship our primary prayer function is through Growth Groups and we encourage all adults to join a group of their choice.
The Prayer Team intercedes for those in our congregation who have prayer needs. These needs are communicated to our church via the Connection Cards on Sunday mornings or through contact with our staff at the church office. Prayer requests are also submitted via our website here anytime. The request list is sent by email on a weekly basis to all team members.
The Prayer Team is also the “Quick Response” Team of intercessors when emergency situations arise that require swift and urgent prayer. These rare situations are communicated via email and through push notifications via our Fellowship app. All Fellowship Staff, Elders and Deacons form the nucleus of our Prayer Team.
The Power Team provides the prayer covering our pastor needs as the spiritual leader of our church. Pastors experience unique challenges and spiritual attacks so it is imperative that our church lift up our pastor and his family on a continual basis. Prayer is especially required on weekends when our pastor preaches the Word in our services.
Power Team members commit to pray regularly for Pastor Rob and his wife Lisa. Pastor Rob sends weekly prayer tips and insights via e-mail to assist team members in praying more effectively. He also sends occasional prayer articles to encourage team members in their own prayer lives.
Prayer Partners provide the overall prayer covering for our church and especially for our services. When a group of people lifts up their church and partners with their leader in prayer, incredible things happen. The Bible is filled with examples of what occurs when people team together in prayer. Matthew 18:19-20 reminds us that there is power in corporate prayer. And as the number of people increases, so does the power of prayer. In addition, because of the nature of spiritual warfare, prayer partners partner with their pastor by lifting him up in prayer as he preaches the Word of God and lifting up those hearing the Word, asking God’s Spirit to move in powerful, life-changing ways. The spoken Word coupled with the intercession of prayer partners provides a formidable opposition to the enemy and his work.
Prayer Partners commit to the following:
  1. Pray regularly on a personal basis for our church and pastor.
  2. Pray once every 1-2 months during the message portion of the Sunday morning service you attend with other prayer partners (males teamed-up with males and females with females) using a prayer guide provided for you. You will be scheduled using our easy online program Planning Center which allows you to block-out in advance Sundays which you are unable to serve in prayer.

Prayer Summits

Each year, Fellowship schedules prayer summits at a local Christian camp. The summits provide participants opportunities to spend extended times of prayer with each other without the normal distractions that come with our busy lives. A Prayer Summit is a gathering of Christians who spend several days (or 1/2 a day) seeking the Lord and His agenda for their individual lives, fami- lies, church and community. It is a gathering of individu- als who take seriously their responsibility to corporately prepare their lives and church for an outpouring of God’s blessing and more! We schedule a 3-Day Prayer Summit each fall, and periodic 1/2 Day Summits throughout the year.
Here's three great reasons to attend our summit:
  1. To strengthen your relationship with the Lord through uninterrupted time with Him.
  2. To strengthen you relationship with other believers through shared experience.
  3. For an opportunity to seek His will for your life and church.

Fresh Encounter Prayer

Fresh Encounter Prayer Service is our monthly prayer gathering on the first Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm. It includes worship-based, Scripture-fed, Spirit-led prayer with lots of encouraging elements designed to equip you in your walk with Christ and strengthen our church family. Childcare through 5 yrs. of age is provided.

Praying with an Elder

One of the primary responsibilities of local church elders is to pray with and over God’s people (James 5:13- 16). Members, attenders, and even guests are welcome! Elders are available for prayer by appointment and also before our monthly Fresh Encounter Prayer Services. To make an appointment for prayer contact the church office at 515-981-0699. Privacy is respected and all prayer requests remain confidential.

Staff Prayer

Our church staff prays every day Monday – Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Prayer Room (Room 200). Everyone is welcome to stop in any day of the week.