Church is … prayer-powered – Acts 12:1-24

Church is … prayer-powered – Acts 12:1-24

Church is…prayer based – Acts 12:1-24

 “So Peter was kept in prison, but the Church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5)


1) The Wonder of Prayer.

Youngest memories



Teenage adventure


When all else fails/ at the end of my resources.


A.C.T.S. Adoration, confession; thanksgiving, supplication


The Church in Jerusalem in the Book of Acts – “earnestly praying”?


2) Problems with prayer.

Is God unfair? (Peter and James)



If prayer doesn’t work, why bother praying ?


Why doesn’t my loved-one recover?


Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?


3) What is available at St James?



  • Weekly, every Sunday. 9.25 – 9.55am in first room on the right. [Joan Ball]
  • Fortnightly, when homegroups meet. [Contact the relevant leaders]
  • Monthly on the third Wednesday 10.00 – 11.45am in Church coffee lounge.[Caroline Jones]
  • Monthly on Second Monday “Soak” at 8pm, upstairs in Church. Worship and Prayer (Rhianne Offereins]
  • The Prayer Course 6 weeks in Lent from 25 Feb. Wednesdays in Church, 1.30 – 3.00 and 8.00  – 9.30 [Barry Unwin]. See special leaflet.

 “Prayer is the most important activity of our lives. It is the main way in which we develop a relationship with Our Father in Heaven.”  (Nicky Gumbel, founder of the Alpha course).


I want to know more:

  • Book, Tim Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God