House of Prayer in La Mirada
Could you use a little more of heaven while here on earth? More than a decade ago, the Grace elders decided that we needed to begin our bi-monthly meeting by praying with the congregation. So every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., we gather to pray in the West Sanctuary. We would love to have you join us.
They all joined together constantly in prayer…Acts 1:14
The early church was our model for prayer. The “constantly” part of it, however, is more difficult in the busy age we live in. But we are missing so much when we don’t pray together.
George Herbert was one of Christianity’s greatest poets.Writing and pastoring in a small country parish in the early part of the 17th century, his CHURCH PORCH is a concise portrayal of what it means to be a Christian, and the way a believer ought to live out his life in sober and deliberate faithfulness as one bought with the blood of Christ.
The following lines from THE CHURCH PORCH (397-402) distinguish between private and public prayer, and lift up the latter as more profound for the believer’s welfare. Given that public prayer meeings are are all but a thing of the past in today’s church, we could use a revival of this perspective.
Though private prayer be a brave design,
Yet public hath more promises, more love:
And love’s a weight to hearts, to eyes a sign.
We all are but cold suitors; let us move
Where it is warmest. Leave thy six and seven;
Pray with the most: for where most pray, is heaven.