If you’ve prayed at one of our 24/7 prayer experiences in the past, then you already have a picture of what our Sunday collective prayer time looks like. We’ve set up our worship center as a prayer room, with different stations around to room to help you focus on praying for 45 minutes or so.
In one area you’ll find a basin of water and towel on a table, and a guide to help you reflect on your life in the moment, to confess those thoughts, behaviors and words that have raised a relational barrier between you and the Father, and to encourage you to repent of those things and get back to following Jesus like you want to. It really is the first step in pressing in to God and seeking his heart. The basin is there for you to, as a symbolic act, wash your hands of your past activity and be cleansed and restored by God’s forgiveness.
Sometimes we need help knowing what to pray. One of the stations has a weekly scripture passage that you can pray through, praying God’s words back to him and allowing Him to speak to you through His word. As you do, your welcome to journal, do something artsy as an expression of what you’re praying, or be creative in poetry or prose.
A big part of why we’re praying is to provide loving support and encouragement for our each other. A “Prayer request” sheet hangs on the wall where you can write the things that you need prayed for or that you know others need lifted up. Write your requests on the paper and then spend some time there praying for what others have written.
Next to that is a place for us to honor God and give Him the credit for the ways we’ve seen him answer.
And next to that is opportunity for us to have others pray for people we know/love that need Jesus. Sit here for a while and ask God’s Spirit to move in the hearts of these people, and, like Paul asked, to pray for the opportunity for the Oasis people who know them to speak Jesus to them.
Another station has note cards and paper for you to write to others notes of encouragement to help them face whatever it is they’re dealing with.
Most of that is done on your own, so how scary can that be? We have seen some people pull others aside during the prayer time to pray for them, or for them to pray for others. And at the end of the 45 minutes we all get together to pray for whatever God lays on our hearts. But no one forces you to pray out loud!
See, is that so scary? We give you lots of ideas of what to pray for, and we don’t ever make you pray in front of others out loud. But…wait a minute!....why am I trying to make it easy for you? The bottom line here is that we have the amazing privilege of coming boldly into the presence of the God who is our Father! And communicating what’s on our hearts! And when we do, He moves!! We should be demanding that we pray together!
9 am. Sundays. The door will be open!