Does Prayer Matter?

When we’re going through something hard, it can feel like we’re alone. But that’s not true—and that feeling we have is not from God. God gives us so many ways to know he is with us. We just need to make use of them. Prayer is perhaps the most powerful way we have to connect with God. 

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”
Jeremiah 29:12 

Over and over in the Bible, we see God’s people crying out to him (Exodus 2:24-25). And when God’s people seek him in prayer, he hears and responds. God even covers the times when we’re not sure how or what to pray for. 

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26 

At Seacoast, you can request prayer in multiple ways: in-person, online, via the prayer line, or by filling out a Connect card. Every week, our staff prays over the requests we receive. We believe in the power of prayer. 

Response Time 

Prayer is more than just talking to God; it’s also about learning to listen to him. One of the most distinctive features of Seacoast’s worship, Response Time, is an opportunity near the end of every service to respond to God by reflecting on two questions: “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to do about it?” You can write down your response and pin it to the cross, take communion, light a candle as an act of prayer at a candle-lighting station, or visit a prayer team to receive prayer. 

At Seacoast, we have whole teams of people who would love to pray for you—aptly named—prayer teams! We understand that sometimes you need to borrow or rely on someone else’s faith.  

Are you ready to take the next step in your prayer life…for yourself and for others? One of God’s amazing paradoxes is that when you pray for others, you tend to grow closer to God as well. 

Pray for Others 

We have several prayer teams you can join!  

  • The Weekend Prayer Team prays for our guests as part of Response Time during the weekend services.  
  • The Email Prayer Team prays for various needs of Seacoast ministries, member requests, and community and national events via a weekly email. 
  • The Visitation Prayer Team visits and prays with people in hospitals, homes, etc.  
  • The Online Prayer Team prays for the needs of individuals attending Seacoast services remotely.

To learn more and join one of these teams, please visit Care Ministry prayer teams. You can also call 843-881-2100, Ext. 1190 to leave a message for our prayer team.