At Whitby Christian Fellowship we hold a monthly prayer meeting as well as making prayer a vital part of our 4 weekly House Groups. These meetings are from 7.30pm - 9pm and are usually held at The Salvation Army Hall, so there's plenty of room for all who wish to attend.
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed." - James 5:13-18
The Bible tells us that prayer is important for many reasons: it is our direct line to God, the way with which we communicate with Him. The passage above, from the book of James, shows that we can pray to God for all kinds of reasons. Whether, we're ill, or whether we have reason to give thanks, or have reason to to confess our sins, we can bring our prayers to God and he not only listens but acts for our good!
However as Jim Cymbala says, “Prayer cannot truly be taught by principles and seminars and symposiums. It has to be born out of a whole environment of felt need.” In all things we must remember that “If the times are indeed as bad as we say they are … if the darkness in our world is growing heavier by the moment … if we are facing spiritual battles right in our own homes and churches … then we are foolish not to turn to the One who supplies unlimited grace and power. He is our only source. We are crazy to ignore him.” ― Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire