Why We Pray

To be a Christian is to believe God invited you into a personal relationship with Him and to accept that invitation. Just like in marriage or a close friendship, you can't have a personal and meaningful relationship with God without regular communication (prayer). In addition to a maturing relationship with God, He commands us to pray many times throughout the Bible. So prayer is first and foremost a conversation between you and God, where:

  1. You tell God how much you love Him and why
  2. You say “I’m sorry” for specific actions or attitudes
  3. You thank God for what He has done for you and others
  4. You bring a concern to God and invite Him to help

God might answer you immediately or He might delay. His answer might be yes, no, or not yet. You might have seasons when you find it hard to hear what God is saying to you. Even when the answer isn't what we want to hear, God is still good, faithful, and wants what is best for you. He wants to help you trust Him and see the truth of who He is and what He is doing.

Prayer is central in our mission to help people know and follow Jesus! Our goal is to see prayer saturating every aspect of the life of Coastal Community Church and its members. We would love for you to join us!

How to Pray

Prayer is conscious, personal communication with the God of the universe, but there is no secret formula to it. Prayer can be as simple as communicating with God as you would a friend. Prayer can involve thanking God, praising Him, confessing something you’ve done wrong, or expressing a need you have. Learning how to pray is really about developing a deeper relationship with God, so try the following:

  1. Pick a time and place - though we can pray anywhere at any time, make a habit of communicating with God daily at consistent times (Matthew 6:6, Ephesians 6:18)
  2. Listen before you speak - God already knows what you need, so take some time to be still and listen (Psalm 46:10)
  3. Prioritize the spiritual over the physical - our physical needs are important, but don't forget to pray for the salvation of the lost, the spread of the gospel, and the glory of God to be revealed (Ephesians 6:12, Matthew 6:9-13)
  4. Don't be afraid to stop and pray now - scheduled prayer is necessary, but God tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  5. Ask whatever you wish - have the faith to ask God for big and little things (Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 3:20, Matthew 17:20)

Submit a Prayer Request

If you'd like to share a prayer request with us, please complete the form below for our staff and/or prayer team.