House of Prayer for All Nations

Definition

Jesus referred to the temple, the place of worship, as a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17). The early church (as the new temple) was born in an environment of prayer (Acts 1:14). And as the church was established among the nations by the coming of the Holy Spirit and the preaching of the Word, the people devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 2:42). Prayer is vital to the City Park Church Belong 2025 vision of “helping people belong to Jesus and His church.”


Guiding Principles

God is no more present in corporate prayer than He is when we pray individually. He is ever-present and works powerfully through prayer in both contexts. Thus, City Park Church will emphasize both aspects of prayer. The following scriptures are only a few which speak to the power of a church committed to prayer,

  • we see the church praying together routinely as they met in homes, and even daily in the temple courts (Acts 2:42-47).
  • on one occasion after the church prayed together, the place was shaken and the people were filled with fresh power to share the good news of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:31).
  • and, when the leader of the early church was in prison, the church gathered together, praying for God’s intervention and that prayer was miraculously answered (Acts 12:5-7).


Strategies and Tactics

We will offer practical ways for the entire church family to pray individually around a common theme.

Community Groups are the main vehicle for prayer in smaller groups. These groups are encouraged to share together at a personal level, praying for one another in the group meeting and, with each other outside their formal gathering.

Sunday mornings involve prayer at a variety of levels, including praise and thanksgiving, prayers of confession and lament, and prayers for people in need. Some of these prayers will be expressed through song, some via Scripture, and some through personal expression.

Special gatherings are held to encourage prayer among the larger church family. One such gathering is our Hope Nights (House Of Prayer for Everyone). The focus of these gatherings is:

  • to pray for special needs within the church, greater impact in our city, and our mission efforts around the world
  • to celebrate God’s work through answered prayer, ministry, and missions
  • to turn to God through expressions of repentance and lament
  • to worship God through songs and personal stories


Metrics

  • A team to oversee the prayer ministry described above
  • At least one central theme of prayer each year centered on a specific theme
  • Conducting a minimum of 6 Hope Nights per year by 2025
  • By 2025, averaging 50% of our Sunday morning attendance participating in Hope Nights
  • Hope Nights to involve other churches, nationalities, and languages