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.”
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 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: