Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about prayer at House of Providence:
Why incorporate Prayers of the People into the service?
Our desire as a church is to create a worship space where our community can bring their whole selves before God. The Prayers of the People is a place where our human neediness and fragility can be named before God in public worship in a way that acknowledges our rawness, yet affirms our profound trust that our prayers will be heard, received, and understood by God and ultimately delivered back as blessing. The Prayers of the People also bind us together as a community, as we share specific names, struggles, and thanksgiving together.
Why incorporate Intercessory Prayer into the service?
Intercessory prayer provides a place for us to share our hearts with another individual. Often this is the most natural response to hearing God's word. We want to create a space for you to receive prayer, for any reason, in worshipful response. Our intercessors are there to listen to you and to bring your prayer before God.
Can I remain anonymous?
That's a good question. We don't want to create a space for gossip, we want a place where people can be known. Known by God. Known by each other. Anonymity makes this impossible. If you wish to share a request specifically with the Staff and Elders, you can do that. Also, if you recieve prayer on Sunday morning down front, you can rest assured that your request will be held in confidence.
Will my prayer request always be incorporated into Prayers of the People?
We will do our best to incorporate your request into our public prayer. We will reserve the right to adjust your wording for the sake of clarity, and brevity, and appropriateness. Also, keep in mind that a request submitted later in the week may not be incorporated into the prayer that same week.