This week I have asked my friend and Valley Church member, Deb Willcockson, to share how being part of a prayer group has affected her personally. Deb is a great example of stepping into something she was not entirely comfortable doing and having God meet her in a wonderful way!  We have a prayer group that meets on Wednesday Nights at the Valley Community Center, 6:30-8pm. We would love to have you join us!  - Karla Evans

I started attending the Wednesday Night Prayer group a little over a year and a half ago. The idea of praying out loud with others (besides my family), for an hour seemed a bit overwhelming and like an insurmountable task - I mean really - it is hard enough to stay focused for 5 minutes praying on my own!

In January of 2017, one of our “members” Karla Evans, shared a very powerful and sobering podcast from John Piper with Desiring God entitled “Be Devoted to Prayer”. In that podcast Mr. Piper talked about prayer being part of a normal Christian’s life; that the needs in my life and the life of my family, my church, my world, the culture we live in, etc. are huge and desperate. I felt God opening my eyes to see and feel that the needs around me are so great and in need of much prayer.

I am not perfect. My life is busy and I still catch myself saying “quick prayers” as I get up and prepare for work; as my kids leave the house; when I get in the car to go to work ; when I collapse into bed at night after a long work day. I look forward to Wednesday Prayer night - when I can come, sit in the presence of God and other women seeking the same thing - intentional, devoted prayer. God acts when we pray - and he commands that we pray.

As John Piper stated - The cross of Christ - his death in place of sinners - you and me - is the foundation of all prayer! There is no acceptable answer to why or how we pray if Christ had not died in our place. This is WHY we pray in Jesus name! God has called us to account for our prayer life. When I see Jesus face to face one of these days I want to hear the words “well done good and faithful servant."