Jesus said ‘my house will be a house of prayer;’ we long for our church to be Jesus’ house, a house of prayer. Prayer is to be integral to all that we are and do at VEC. D.L. Moody is often quoted as saying ‘every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.’ We long for God to move in and through us, and we commit ourselves to pray for that to happen.
We have regular church prayer times in the evening every first and third Sunday of the month at 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for us to come together and communicate with our loving heavenly Father, both speaking to and also listening to him as we bring everything to God in prayer. During these times, we are thankful to God for His goodness and we pray for the ministry of the church, the needs of individuals within the church family, the different events that we are involved with, the needs of our town, and the needs that we are aware of within our nation and in our world. Glenn also meets with other church leaders every Wednesday morning to pray with a single agenda seeking the manifest presence of God.
We want to have prayer permeate all that we do, so we pray often during our worship services and we encourage people to pray daily through our monthly prayer calendar. The prayer calendar has daily reminders of important prayer points. These are circulated by email and daily text messages, which people can use to bathe the whole church in prayer. Emergency prayer items are sent out by email.
We have the amazing privilege of serving a God who loves it when His children speak to Him, listen to Him and respond to Him. Prayer reflects and deepens the dynamic nature of our relationship with God. Part of our vision for VEC is that we would be a loving family devoted to God, and we believe that one way we express that well is by coming together to reflect our dependence on and commitment to the God who loves us and gave Himself for us, and by bearing one another’s burdens as we cast our cares upon our Creator.
‘More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.’
Alfred Lord Tennyson