The members of Covenant Baptist Church of Blount County believe in prayer. The Bible instructs us to pray to our Father in Heaven and the Scriptures tell us the purpose of prayer and how we are to pray.
Our members would like to pray for you when you are in need. If you want us to pray for you, your family, or your friends, please visit our contact page and send us a message with your request.
We are to have a mindset of prayer always, and to be encouraged.
- Luke 18:1 says, “And he (Jesus) told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
We are to continue in prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving; and to pray for others. The Apostle Paul asked for prayer so God would open a door for the Gospel. Paul also asked believers to pray that he would be able to communicate clearly.
- Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”
Prayer is not meant to be for a show before men. We are to pray earnestly and privately, as two people sharing a heartfelt conversation.
- Matthew 6:5-8 says, “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.“
We should pray according to God’s will and for His purposes in our life, not in order to receive something for our selfish passions.
- James 4:1-4 says, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
The brother of Jesus tells us to call on the church to pray for us when we are sick and/or in need of forgiveness. Don’t be prideful and not ask.
- James 5:14-16 reads, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
When decisions need to be made, prayer is imperative.
- Acts 1: 12-14 “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”