Prayer Talk

God wants to be part of the big and the small things in our lives.

First Presbyterian Church of ReadingWelcome to Prayer Talk with Nancy Alley.

I want to share a little bit about prayer with you. We are all a bunch of very capable, independent people in this congregation, right? A lot of us have the idea that whatever trouble we might be having in our lives…large or small…it is something we can handle by ourselves. Or we might let God in on it, depending on how big an issue we think it is. We don’t want to bother him with the little stuff, right?

Would it surprise you to know that God wants to be part of the big AND the small things in our lives? The joys and the challenges too? I guess the best analogy I know is of you, as a parent (or if you don’t have children, you as a child)….was there ever anything you didn’t care about in your child’s life? Or anything you didn’t want your parent to care about you when you were a kid? It’s like that with God…our Abba father…our Daddy. Sharing the things of our lives with Him in prayer creates an intimacy that He wants us to have with Him….and that we crave, whether we know it or not.

Here’s the other thing about prayer…God wants us to pray together….with each other. There is a great story in the Bible that paints a picture of what happens when we support each other in prayer. In Exodus 17, the enemy Amalekites had attacked the Israelites so Moses told Joshua to pick some men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Moses said he would stand on a hill with the staff of God in his hands…so Moses stood up on a hill above where the men were fighting….he held the staff of God up in his hands…and as long as he held his hands up the Israelites were winning….but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. So when Moses grew tired, Aaron and Hur (2 men who had gone up with him) put a big stone under him and he sat on it…then Aaron and Hur held his hands up…one on one side and one on the other so that his hands remained steady until sunset. And God gave Joshua and his men the victory in their battle.

What battles are you fighting? What challenges are in your life? Whether they are large or small, this is our example….like Moses, we all get tired. And like him, we are strengthened in our battles by having fellow believers come alongside us and “hold up our hands” by praying for us as we invoke the help of God in the challenges of life. I love this story, because I live it. There are things in my life that I need help with…and on a regular basis I call upon some dear praying friends to “hold up my hands” and see me through.

In this church we believe in the power of prayer…we have seen God work in so many ways, so many times in the lives of our members and their friends through prayer. We believe that God wants us to come to Him in prayer SO much that we have three separate prayer teams:

  • The Prayer and Healing Team, which prays over confidential requests and also will come to the hospital, home or wherever to pray. They lay on hands and anoint with oil when requested.
  • The Prayer Chain which prays during emergencies and crises.
  • The House of Prayer Team which prays with people after services and also leads our evening prayer gatherings.

We are so blessed to have this opportunity. You need to know that if you go to the prayer room after the service with something you want prayer for, you can ask for a man or a woman, or a team to pray with you… It doesn’t have to be earthshaking in scope…if you care about it, so does the Lord and so will whoever prays with you….and you can be sure that whatever your concern, it will be kept confidential. That is vitally important. So, consider during the service whether there is something in your life right then that you want to bring before God…then go back to the prayer room after the service and ask some of your praying brothers or sisters to come alongside you and “hold up your hands” by praying with you as you seek God’s help with it.

I know that you will be blessed by the experience.
Thank you. – Nancy Alley

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