Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” – Oswald Chambers

The Prayer Ministry exists to lift up in prayer and intercession all people so that the light of life might shine in their hearts for the glory of God.  It is our expectation that all ministries and all people be undergirded in prayer so that the power of the Holy Spirit will be active and flowing like rivers of living water.  Our desire is to provide opportunity for all to be active in this life-changing “greater work” and to “pray without ceasing.”

The Prayer Ministry Team exists to inspire, encourage, and support the congregation in their prayer life, offer volunteer opportunities and events related to prayer, and as a team, be active in prayer for First Woodway, the community, and those across the world.

Ways to Get Involved

If you are passionate about praying for others then we have a place for you! We would love for you to join us in our desire to lift up and intercede on behalf of First Woodway, the community, and those across the world. Below are some ways to get involved.

  • Prayer Ministry Team Member – become part of the prayer ministry team
  • Prayer Request Team – praying over prayer requests that come into the church

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities, please email Lisa Smyers, Congregational Care Director, at


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Ways You Can Pray

There are many ways you can participate – whether you are joining us for a prayer gathering, or meeting with a prayer group, or interceding from the quiet of your home. Listed below are people/teams/organizations we particularly want to surround in prayer.

“We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.” – Andrew Murray

The verses below can be used throughout the month as a guide or starting point to uplift our staff, congregation, and those around the world.

Staff: For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’ – Isaiah 41:13

Congregation: Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’ – Joshua 3:5

Local – World: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. – Psalm 67:3-4

Pearls of Prayer

“Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge.  It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves.  Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us.  Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire.  It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God.  Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.  We must learn to pray.  We have to.” – Timothy Keller

What is Prayer?

  • Prayer is spiritual communication with God.  It is a two-way relationship in which we talk to and listen to our Heavenly Father.
  • Prayer is courageously and unreservedly opening your heart, mind, and soul to our Lord and Savior.
  • Prayer is a time to give praise and thanksgiving to the God of all creation.
  • Prayer is a time for confessing our sins and receiving forgiveness under the law of the Spirit of grace and truth.
  • Prayer is a time of intercession as you petition, or plead another’s case to the Lord on behalf of others.
  • Prayer is a gift as the Lord has given all of us the opportunity through the Holy Spirit to speak to Him directly.

Praying the Names of God
As you go throughout your day, think upon the names of God.  It is easy to forget God’s divine nature and His sovereignty over the big details of the entire world and the small details of our individual lives.  When we meditate on the greatness of His name, it allows us to take our focus off of ourselves and earthly enticements, and lifts up our eyes to the One who can secure peace, contentment, purpose, and joy in every part of our day.

Look below at the non-exhaustive list of the names of God.  Pick one to meditate on during the week.  Ask the Lord to show you the truth behind the name you have chosen.

  • Jehovah God – self-complete being; “I AM WHO I AM”.  (Exodus 3:13-15)
  • Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – the God who sanctifies.  (Leviticus 20:7-8)
  • Jehovah-jireh – the God who provides.  (Genesis 22:9-14)
  • Jehovah-shalom – the God of peace.  (Judges 6:16-24)
  • Jehovah-rophe – Jehovah heals.  (Exodus 15:22-26)
  • Jehovah-nissi – God our banner.  (Exodus 17:8-15)

Technique for Praying Through the Psalms
We all want to pray, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.  One helpful approach is to pray through the Psalms.  Click here for more details.

Other Tips for Praying and Memorizing Scripture 
Praying for Missionaries

Prayer Walking

Memorizing Scripture

Children’s Prayers

Praying for People of the World

Praying for Church Leaders

Prayer Requests:

Our church family’s passion for missions to increase
For more people to respond to the call to go
For more opportunities to share about Christ
More friendships and ease of adjustments to a new culture for our missionaries
Ease of learning new languages for our missionaries

Lord, protect our missionaries. Provide them with discernment, comfort, and direction in each relationship they develop. Help them to pick up the language quickly, and please provide more opportunities to meet new people searching for meaning and truth. Use each one on the mission field in a mighty way whether it’s seen now or in eternity.