Praying “on earth as it is in heaven”
Prayer is central to living out the way of Jesus in our world. When Jesus teaches His disciples to pray, He starts with “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” and moves to asking for His Kingdom, His will to be done on earth as it is already done in heaven. Thus, praying to God starts with us aligning ourselves His kingdom and His will to do as He would in Vancouver.
Prayer is “the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.”
– Martin Lloyd-Jones
Our vision is to see a renewal of God in our city, yet we know renewal can only happen in the presence of God. To that end, we seek to make prayer a regular part of our lives.
Ways to Pray
Go on a Prayer walk
We want to encourage you to go on a prayer walk around your neighbourhood. Consider going for daily or weekly prayer walks around our communities. Connect with your DNA Groups, family members, and/or friends to pray for your neighborhood and beyond.
Each Wednesday at 12pm we go on prayer walks in our neighbourhood and we invite you to join us.
choose to Fast
Fasting is a spiritual practice that consists of voluntarily refraining from eating for spiritual purposes, namely aligning your heart with God’s.
We want to invite our whole church to engage in fasting this month. Whether you fast from 1 meal in a week, or 1 whole day each week, or longer, we encourage you to challenge yourself to fast more than you have before.
The practice of fasting is challenging and confusing for many of us. Yet the Sermon on the Mount reveals Jesus assumes that His followers will fast. In this message, Alex highlights 6 reasons people fast in the Bible, offers practical steps we can take, and what can happen when God’s people fast.
Learn about Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
When Jesus teaches us to pray we discover that we’re mistaken prayer when we treat it as a performance and we’ve misunderstood prayer when we treat it as a way to manipulate God into doing what we want. Instead, Jesus teaches us prayer is a conversation about things that are of mutual concern. He invites us to approach God as He would Father
Hallowed be your name
The Lord’s prayer is the powerhouse for living the way of Jesus. In the first of six simple petitions that compromise the Lord’s Prayer Jesus invites us to ask God to His name and character known to us on earth as it is in heaven.
your KINGDOM COME
The Lord’s prayer is the powerhouse for living the way of Jesus. In the second of six simple petitions where Jesus invites us to ask our Father in heaven to let the banks of heaven’s river spill over onto earth so that His reign of goodness, justice, and healing may come.
Give us our daily bread
What are we asking God for when we pray for daily bread? Alex highlights 3 things and how our lives begin to change when we pray this authentically.
forGive us our debts
There’s an intimate connection between God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness we extend to others. When we refuse to forgive while asking God to forgive us we’re revealing to don’t understand the nature of God’s forgiveness or what it means to follow Jesus. When we do forgive others we confirm that God’s forgiveness is truly at work in us and offer people a window into the heart of God.