At Northlake, five values express and strengthen our vision to “Love Jesus, Bring Hope.” Prayer, Discipleship, Authenticity, Kingdom and Generosity are the practices we hold dear. Prayer must be the foundation of all we do. Prayer is beyond just requesting things from God. We define prayer as intimacy with God that leads to fulfilling His purposes. Consequently, prayer expresses our relationship with God because he is worthy, and we are needy. Prayer fuels our mission of being Christ’s witness locally and globally.
In the Gospels, there are numerous times Jesus modeled and instructed his disciples to pray. Jesus expected His followers to pray. We see the pattern of the first church in the Book of Acts. The Church began in a prayer meeting in Acts 1:14 “All these were continually united in prayer.”
Prayer was a regular part of their daily ministry (Acts 2:42-47; 3:1; 6:4). Thirty-two times prayer is mentioned in the Book of Acts.
Studies show that only 5% of churches in America have a culture of prayer. It is the missing ingredient in the church today. We desire to be a praying church, not merely one that prays. A praying church has a culture of prayer. This translates into the church's habits, language, and everyday life.
The Bible clearly teaches the necessity of personal and corporate prayer. Praying together was the practice of the New Testament Church. There is more demonstrated and taught in praying together than in private prayer. Thus, we include praying together as a regular part of our gatherings.