GATEWAY'S NEW PRAYER SERIES AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.
We know we're supposed to pray ... but why? Do our prayers really make a difference? And is there a “right” way to pray?
Prayer can be confusing for many people. And when we do pray, we often get bored and distracted, or we feel like what we’re praying about is too trivial. Then there are the times we experience disappointment and discouragement, because it feels like God’s not responding. We all have ups and downs with prayer.
Although prayer feels abstract and complex, it’s actually quite simple—we have an all access pass to God! Sometimes it’s hard to believe that He actually wants us to go to Him with our thoughts, feelings, worries, and needs. He wants to hear from us every day, and He wants to speak to us every day. At its essence, prayer is simply heart-to-heart communication between God and us. And like a tiny spark that ignites a fire, revolutionary prayer begins with a conversation.
When we bow our heads or fall to our knees in prayer, we’re partnering with God as He shapes nations, heals marriages, or simply helps us make it through a tough day without falling apart. Jesus promises that when we ask, we will receive (Matthew 7:7) and that we can ask for anything, and if we have faith, we will receive it (Matthew 21:22). So how can we contend with those promises? How do we pray those kinds of prayers?
This summer at Gateway, we’re engaging in a prayer revolution as we discover how and why we should pray. Here is how you can learn about and experience the power of prayer in your own life.
40-DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE
July 4–August 12
You and a partner. Five minutes a day. That’s it. Super simple, yet immensely powerful.
Jesus said: “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:19–20). So here’s the challenge:
1. Choose a friend, family member, or spouse to join with you in this commitment.
2. Before you begin the prayer challenge, visit powerofprayer.gatewaypeople.com and fill out the pre-challenge survey. (This is not mandatory, but it will give you a great before and after picture.)
3. Spend five minutes a day for 40 days praying with that person. Express thankfulness, pray about concerns, speak God’s Word over each other, and expect to see God move.
4. At the end of the 40 days, visit powerofprayer.gatewaypeople.com again and complete the post-challenge survey.
Prayer is the most powerful force on the planet because it connects us to God. In the amount of time it takes to brush your teeth and comb your hair, your life can change forever.
WHO SHOULD I CHOOSE AS MY PRAYER PARTNER?
Choose someone you can trust and be open with. You also want to make sure you have access to them (whether in person or by phone) for at least five minutes a day. Anyone is fair game: a spouse, a family member, a good friend, a coworker, a girlfriend/boyfriend, or a mentor.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Take turns thanking God, asking God for His help or provision in certain areas, or praying God’s Word over each other. If you want to, you can choose different friends/family members, church leaders, political figures, or nations to pray for each week.
WHAT IF IT’S AWKWARD?
Don’t worry about it! If you’re not used to it, praying with someone can be awkward at first, but continue to focus on God and enjoy your time connecting with that person. You’ll quickly start to feel comfortable praying together.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
A GATEWAY SERIES
WEEKEND SERVICES | JULY 9–AUGUST 7
Whether you’re struggling in your prayer life, an experienced prayer warrior, or unsure what a prayer life means, this series will encourage and inspire you. You won’t want to miss a single weekend!
Dr. Henry Cloud