“Praying should not be about getting something from God, it should be about getting to God!”
—Pastor Chris Gaynor
When we trust in Christ through faith we enter into an intimate relationship with a personal God who has chosen to reveal himself through creation, Jesus, and the Bible. The intimacy we experience with God is cultivated not only through reading the Bible, but also through prayer. Praying is a way to express our trust in God and is therefore a way our trust is increased and our faith is deepened. Developing a consistent and vibrant prayer life is vital to our growth as a disciple of Christ. Start by committing 15 minutes each day to prayer. The ACTS model is a simple way to structure your time.
Adoration: As you read the Scripture praise God for who he is and the attributes of his character.
Confess: Ask God for forgiveness for the sin you’ve committed against him and others. Pray for the desire and willingness to follow Christ in full obedience.
Thanksgiving: Spend time thanking God for his faithfulness in your life and in the lives of others.
Supplication: Ask God to give you the desires of his heart as you pray for your needs and the needs of others. This can include prayer for friends, family, church, missionaries, government leaders, and the movement of the gospel around the world.
Read the Bible RDU
Pray scripture back to God. Find scripture that relates to what you are learning or going through, and pray those scriptures to God. If you are not sure where to start, check out the daily Bible reading plan and start praying through today’s reading. You can follow along @readthebiblerdu on Twitter and summitrdu.com/bible.
Prayer Ministry Opportunities
Join the Pray for Our World City group.
Follow this weekly prayer update. Each week highlights a country and gives specific ways to pray for the people in these areas.
Campus Prayer Opportunities
At the Summit, we believe that prayer is an essential part of our lives as individuals and as a church. Prayer is the place where we experience and express intimacy with God. It is also the place from which we derive power for life and ministry.
Charles Spurgeon, famous preacher in 19th century England, referred to the prayer gatherings of his church as the “boiler room.” In Spurgeon’s time, boiler rooms were the powerhouses, the driving forces of everything. And he believed that prayer was the spiritual power behind the effectiveness of his ministry.
At every Summit campus there is an opportunity for you to gather and pray for God’s blessing on the worship gatherings. As a part of the Boiler Room team you can choose to participate during any service time as frequently as you like. Prayer guides and tips for praying will be posted in this group that will help you maximize your time in prayer.
Join your campus prayer team:
Each of our campuses also have opportunities for you to pray for each other by way of a group on The City (no commitment required).
- Brier Creek Prayer Team
- Blue Ridge Prayer Team
- Cary Prayer Team
- Chapel Hill Prayer Team
- North Durham Prayer Team
- North Raleigh Prayer Team
- Summit en Espanol Prayer Team
- Downtown Durham Prayer Team
Organize an in-home prayer group.
Gathering together with friends, neighbors, and coworkers for prayer can be a powerful time as you engage in the mission of God. This document will guide through setting up a local prayer meeting and give practical tips on group prayer.
How To Set Up A Local Prayer Meeting
Join a Small Group
Our small groups make prayer a priority when they meet together and are committed to praying for each other, our church and our world.
Connect to a Small Group