Westside holds the ministry and practice of prayer in high regard. We hope that you will add some of these times to your calendar and use these prayer opportunities as an important part of your growth.
COMMUNITY GROUPSIn addition to providing an opportunity to go deeper in friendship, the Word and accountability, community groups are a place where prayer—for yourself, for others, for the ministry of Westside and so on—plays a huge role. Check out the webpage for CG times and locations.
Submit prayer requests on Sunday mornings or by emailing email@example.com
Join us on Wednesday mornings at the Park & Tilford JJ Bean at 7 for a time of prayer.
Our prayer teams will continue to pray as well, so if you have any prayer requests please call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Morning Prayer Team
At every Sunday gathering during our time of response, a prayer team is available to pray with you.
Prayer Cards and Email Requests
We provide Prayer and Praise Cards at the usher station and Connect Centre on Sundays. Fill one out and drop it in an offering jar so that our Prayer Team, staff and elders can pray for you throughout the week. Forgot to fill out a card on Sunday? No problem, just email your request to email@example.com and we will pass it on.
Have a heart for prayer and want to stand in the gap for others? Our Prayer Team receives updates via The City. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Note that Westside membership is a prerequisite to joining the Prayer Team.
PRAYER 3X15 COMMITMENTPrayer is the act of communication with our Abba Father. If there is no communication between individuals, there is no relationship. This is true in friendship, in marriage, and in our relationship with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands us all to “pray continually”. The work of Jesus through His life, death, and resurrection has brought great freedom to our relationship with God. We want to encourage you to build your relationship with Jesus and experience the freedom of it through prayer.
Some helpful and practical hints:
1. Set aside three specific days. Some days will obviously work better than others and there will be weeks where days will have to change, but try to find 3 days – 15 minutes per day - in your week where things stay relatively consistent (3x15).
2. Also, pick a “trigger reminder”. For example, if you have kids, your trigger may be that immediately after you say goodnight to them you pray with your spouse. If you are single your trigger might be coming home from work or school. Another option might be to add it into the calendar on your smart phone, setting it to deliver a notification at the appropriate time. Whatever it is, find something that reminds you to pray.
3. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go exactly as planned. Don’t give up. Keep at it - persevere and stay encouraged. Expect spiritual opposition - don’t be surprised if arguments and frustrations arise right before you’re supposed to pray with your spouse – we have an enemy who wants to keep you from praying. Resist him in prayer.
4. If you are involved in a CG, make a commitment with others of the same gender to meet together during the week to pray and encourage one another.
Do you have a story to tell about how God is moving and working as a result of your time in prayer? Send us an email and share with us. email@example.com