Archives For Prayer

One of My Most Productive Hours

by Hans on February 6, 2018 in Prayer

Phrases like “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17) or pray “on all occasions” (Eph 6:18) intimidate the best of us. How are we supposed to do that? When are we supposed to do that? I’m not sure of every way—there are many in my church who diligently pray. I lean on those people. Still, I always want to grow in how I pray and help others to pray and be prayed for.

I have found, many times, that one of my most productive hours in ministry is not Sunday morning. Those moments on Sundays are definitely where I see the most people and, by God’s grace, see the Scriptures transform people. I love Sundays. However, a small group of folks I gather with regularly on Monday mornings to pray has become one of the essential elements to my ministry rhythms.

Stop “Just” Praying

by Hans on April 12, 2016 in Prayer

You know you’ve heard it, and you know you’ve done it. You’re in that meeting where you’re asked to pray. Forget for a moment that you hate being put on the spot for prayer and consider what happens. You quiet yourself, you bow your head, you close your eyes, and then you say it.

“Lord, I just pray that . . . ”


Wait, what? You just pray? You have direct and free access to the Creator of the universe (Eph. 3:12) and you “just” pray to him? Something is off when that happens.

We Need to Admit We Need Each Other

by Hans on September 10, 2015 in Community, Prayer, Uncategorized

“I know it’s ironic, but I asked for prayer.”


If you’ve been coming to the Oaks for the past few months, you’ve noticed that we make prayer available in the back for those who desire it. This was borne out of our marriage series, where we realized that married couples may be struggling with significant issues and may want others to pray with them. A friend met up with me and shared that, at least for the series, he wanted to meet with people should they desire it.

Recently, something happened during our prayer time that made me glad—and made me think.