Santa Ynez Valley
11th Annual Community Prayer Event
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7am PST

Exalt the Lord who has Established Us

Our Mission

To come together as a community to engage in prayer for our nation, to encourage ourselves and others to take the challenge to Pray for America, and to encounter the power of God in Jesus Christ through prayer! 

What makes prayer work? Please note the article below.

What Makes Prayer Work?

Its all about a relationship!

God has created mankind so that we naturally hunger for a relationship with Him. He has built that yearning for Himself into our frame; He has encoded eternal longings in our spiritual DNA structure. The Scripture says, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The famous theologian, C.S. Lewis, wrote: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” (Mere Christianity) 

Prayer is the bridge between Heaven and Earth. It is the conduit through which the spiritual realm is brought into our everyday lives. Prayer is the way our spirits breathe. Just as our lungs require oxygen and are designed to seek it out, so our spirits require the presence of God and are designed to seek Him out. Without His presence, we are left gasping for meaning and desperately seeking our purpose in life. We find ourselves trying our best to pray because it is as needful as air for our lungs. Prayer is the method God uses to provide not only our daily needs from food to shelter but also comfort, strength and guidance. The late E. Stanley Jones, missionary and preacher, wrote: “Prayer is the opening of a channel from my emptiness into His fullness.” (Abundant Living) 

Answers depend on the relationship! You find yourself drawn to prayer, curious about prayer, or even desperate for prayer. Maybe youve tried prayer and prayer has failed you. Maybe you can point to unanswered prayer after unanswered prayer, proving that prayer doesnt work. Does that describe you? 

Welcome! God wants you to understand how you can have a fulfilling relationship with Him that will turn prayer from a fruitless exercise to an exciting adventure. 

Prayer = Love

Prayer works in the context of relationship. Once the relationship is established, you will find that prayer is its natural expression. It is simply speaking and listening to your Heavenly Father. God wants to answer our prayers. Answered prayer is how He manifests Himself in our life and makes this relationship personal: “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a) Prayer is the intimacy that flows spontaneously from a loving relationship. 

Imagine that you went into a restaurant with your father. Imagine that you and your father ordered your meals, and when the waiter brought them to your table, he said to your father, That looks delicious. I want to try a bite of that! Then imagine the waiter picks up a fork and helps himself to a bite from your fathers plate. It would be inappropriate. You would be offended. You would demand an apology. 

Now imagine that you and your father ordered your meals, the waiter brought them to your table, and you said to your father, “That looks delicious. I want to try a bite of that!” Imagine that you pick up a fork and help yourself to a bite from your fathers plate. It would be natural. Your father would be happy to share his meal with you. It would be an accepted intimacy. 

What is the difference between the two scenarios? Not the words. Not the actions. Not the intention. The difference is the relationship. The child has access to the father that the stranger does not. 

Prayer starts with the relationship. 

Have you found that prayer does not work for you? Perhaps you need to start with the relationship.

(Adapted from “Live a Praying Life” by Jennifer Kennedy Dean)