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Prayer

John Runcie

As prayer connects us to our Father in heaven, it also connects us with our church family on earth. The Crossroads  Prayer Ministry originates from our congregation and ministries, and our prayer in turn connects with and serves the Crossroads community. From uplifting our fellows to equipping them to see the power in prayer, we meet each day intending  to be a source of encouragement and blessing to both Crossroads Church and the greater body of Christ.

"How can I get involved?"

There are several ways to be a part of the Prayer Ministry, either as part of a prayer group or on your own time. We have two prayer meetings each week, one held in-person and one held remotely.

 

The first prayer group each week is our in-person group, which meets on Sunday morning at Crossroads Church, from 8:00-8:45am.  At this prayer time, we pray for the upcoming church service, pressing needs, the city, state, nation, and the world. Our Sunday morning group is open to anyone who would like to join us in prayer, we can be found in the Prayer Center at Crossroads Church.

Our second prayer group meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:45pm in both the Prayer Center room and on Zoom. This prayer group focuses primarily on praying for specific needs brought to the prayer ministry, whether by members of the congregation or by world events. If you would like to remotely join our Wednesday prayer group, you can contact John Runcie at john_runcie@msn.com or (503) 349-1671, or Linda Garrison in the church office at (503) 257-9193.

Want to Join the Crossroads Prayer Chain?

Email John Runcie at john_runcie@msn.com with the email address you want to use to receive Prayer Chain notifications, and ask John to add you to the Prayer Chain.

"What if I don't know how to pray?"

When you think about it, prayer can seem a bit intimidating. After all, coming before the architect of all creation is no small thing!

Prayer can seem daunting, but that idea couldn't be further from the truth. All that's required for prayer is a willingness to be open with God. It doesn't matter whether you come to God with a heart full of troubles or a praise on your lips, because coming to God is the single most important part of prayer.

Three Simple Steps to Prayer

#1 Keeping It Simple – Matthew 6: 10, 18

The world is full of so-called "prayer warriors" peddling techniques for getting what you want from God.  Don’t fall for that nonsense.  This is your Father you are dealing with, and He knows better than you what you need.  With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.

 

#2 Keeping It Real – Matthew 6:7, 8

When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father

knows what you need before you ask Him.

 

#3 Keeping It Up – Luke 18:1

Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

No matter how simply and honestly we pray, its’s easy to lose heart and tempting to give up when our prayers don’t seem to be working.  That’s why it’s not enough just to keep it simple and keep it real. 

Jesus also says that we must “always pray and not give up."

If you still feel unsure, join us for Worship at Crossroads on Sunday morning. We would love to answer any questions you may have about prayer and its amazing place within the Christian faith!