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Why should I take time to pray?
Prayer is conversation with God (not just talking to God). When we pray, we take the time to get to know God and build a relationship with him. God's heart is to love us, and he wants a deeper relationship with us. Prayer is one way of deepening that relationship. God tells us in His Word to pray, and to pray often. Jesus spent time with His heavenly Father, and it was so important to him, and as his followers, it's important for us too. HOW you pray is not as important as the point that you are with God, and being with him is the key. Talk to him as friend to friend. He hears our prayers, spoken and unspoken. He hears the cries of our heart.
On a personal note- I can testify that through the discipline of praying God changed my life! I started to understand what his voice sounded like and I saw things situations around me start to shift as a result of prayers I had prayed!
1 hour feels like a long time, I don’t know if I can pray for that long.
1 hour can definitely feel overwhelming and a long time to pray for. But you may be surprised how quickly the time goes! There are lots of different activities (prayer stations) for you to fill your time with, but don’t be afraid to slow down and it in God’s presence!
And from personal experience, the first time I did a one hour prayer shift it felt like an eternity I had no idea how I was going to get through it, but God came and met me and once I settled into it 1 hour went so quickly I wish I had more time!! I encourage you to give it a go, persevere and see what happens!
Help, I don’t know how to pray!
Hey, no problem at all! There are lots of different types of prayer and we will walk you through some of them here! So you don’t have to worry about knowing what to pray or how to pray it, just follow our guide and you will be right! But essentially prayer is all about communing with God, and he knows you and loves you so there is no need to stress, you can be yourself.
Isn’t prayer boring?
It might be, but it doesn’t have to be! Prayer is vibrant and interactive. There are lots of different styles of prayer, from drawing, to writing, to walking around and heaps more! We have them all listed in our prayer stations (and more resources tab of our internet page) go and check them out and see if there is something in there that works for you.
21 Days of Prayer & 40 Days of Prayer, what do I do?
You don’t have to choose. It’s not one or the other. The two go hand in hand. The territory is providing focus and direction and the division is implementing it in the local context. As a division we will be spending 40 days in prayer with the same focus and desired outcomes as the territory. You can check out the themes to pray over under the 'More Resources' Tab.
What if English isn’t my first language?
There are translations of resources available in Korean and Chinese. Ask your Corps officer/mission expression leader for a copy or head to the website and look under ‘More Resources’.
I missed when my area was praying, how can I still join in?
You can of course pray at anytime, anywhere. If you want to join in filling the 40 Days of Prayer, head to the website or ask someone to help you find a slot in the prayer roster at a time that works for you.
Help! I don’t know what area I am in?
This can be tricky, especially if you live in Sydney. You can start by asking “Who are/is the AO/s? “, you may have seen your AO/s at at Sunday meeting or an event. Another way . You can check with your Corps Officer or mission expression leader. Alternatively, you can ask through firstname.lastname@example.org . Just make sure you say which corps (church) or mission expression you are with.
I have more questions about how 40 Days of Prayer Works; who can I ask?
The 40 Days of Prayer team would be happy to receive your questions. Please contact us at email@example.com
Click here to download a doucment on how to sign up to the prayer roster on this website.