At Ardsley Bible Chapel we aspire to give ourselves to prayer, acknowledging that

  • Except for prayer, we are helpless against the evil principalities and powers in the heavenly places against which we struggle (Eph. 6:12, 18)
    Nothing we do to extend the kingdom of Christ will be of any avail unless it is done in accordance with God's Word and in complete dependence upon him.

  • We need to be faithful in praying for one another (1 Sam. 12:23)

  • We can expect to see the saints in our gathering built up, as we look to the Lord in prayer to strengthen and edify his body (Col. 1:9)

  • God has called us to pray for all people, including those in authority over us (1 Tim. 1:1-4)

  • Even when we do not know what to pray, God has given us his Spirit to help us in our weakness (Rom. 8:26)

  • Our God is faithful in hearing and answering prayer (Psa. 65:2; Jer. 29:11,12; 33:3; Jas. 5:16b)

  • We must thus place a high priority on prayer (Lk. 18:1; 1 Thess. 5:17)

  • As we approach our God and Father in prayer, we are first made to recognize our utter worthlessness in ourselves. Although our sins are forgiven and we have been made righteous and holy by the work of our Lord Jesus on Calvary, yet our best efforts to serve him are marred by the foolishness and sin that we cannot deny (2 Chr. 7:14; Isa. 6:5; 1 Jn. 1:8)

  • We can expect to see souls saved as a result of preaching the gospel, as we look to the Lord in prayer as the only One who can save (John 17:20-21)
    As we pray and the Lord graciously hears and answers our prayers, we approach him with truly thankful hearts, first for him himself and then for all his mercies and blessings that fill our hearts with joy (Psa. 100:4; 2 Cor. 9:15 Eph. 5:20)

Since prayer is so vital to our well-being, both as a local church and as families and individuals, we commit to

  • Regular, incessant, and fervent personal prayer for the spiritual, moral, and emotional health of our church and each member of it
  • Holding a family altar in our homes, where the Scriptures are read and prayer is offered
  • Praying together in smaller groups - of men, of women, of elders - as frequently as possible and especially in times of trial or sorrow
  • Holding, and attending faithfully, as far as possible, the midweek assembly prayer meeting

In sum, we aspire to be a truly praying church, looking to God for blessing in all of our activities and thanking him for every mercy he bestows.