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New Hope Church / 3122 S. Clack, Abilene Tx
(325) 795-2222 / office@newhope-ag.com

Service Times

Sunday Morning Schedule

  • Prayer - 9:00 am
  • Worship Service / Kid's Ministry - 10:00 am
  • Revolution College Group - 6:30 pm

Wednesday Night Schedule

  • Prayer - 6:30 pm
  • Youth and Kid's Ministry - 6:30 pm
  • Grow Classes - Following prayer
 

 


It permeates everything that goes on. We are called to be a "house of prayer" (Isaiah 56:7) and we take that very seriously at New Hope. We have a concerted time of prayer before every service and event. Come join us! Sunday morning prayer begins at 9:00 and we have a weekly prayer service on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. In addition, we have a ministry team called the Intercessors that is ready to pray with/for you whenever you have need. 

For more information about our Prayer Ministry, how you can be involved, or to tell us your prayer need, please email us.

There are many reasons, but here is one: Jesus, our Lord, was constantly praying. In Luke chapter 4, Jesus has just been baptized. He had just walked to the Jordan River. John the Baptist was waiting for Him there.  Jesus walked in, was baptized, came out of the water, and an audible voice of God came out of heaven and said “This is my Son with whom I’m pleased." Everyone thought they heard thunder except John the Baptist and Him. And then the first act of Christ after baptism - He comes out of the water and watch what He does first…

Luke 4:1 says, And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit  where? in the wilderness. And so Jesus’ first act of His ministry wasn’t to go online and sign up for iSave.com, it wasn’t gathering His disciples around Him.  His first act of ministry after baptism was to get alone with the Father, and pray, and seek, and wrestle the demons.  

Now, look one chapter later.  This is one chapter into the ministry of Jesus, so this is early on in the life and ministry of Jesus.  Notice something here in Luke 5:15-16: But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and great multitudes were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. One chapter into the life of Jesus and here’s what Luke wants you to know: 1) That wherever Jesus is – there is a crowd.  2) Jesus has authority over all diseases.  Now, this is a pretty huge verse. The author here of the Scriptures is giving you an overview of Jesus’ life and ministry.  Wherever He is there are crowds, Jesus heals people, AND He tends to disappear a lot!  

So habitual, so regular is the act of Jesus’ disappearing to pray, and seek solitude, and silence, that the author notices it and writes it down.  It’s a weird thing to notice if you think about it.  I mean, it’s like Luke is saying, “Here’s this new Rabbi on the scene and 1000s of people are drawn to him, and He’s healing all kinds of diseases! And oh yeah, sometimes we can’t find Him. He’s always getting alone. Always slowing things down. In fact, He never seems to be in a hurry. He's always going to a quiet place to pray.”  Outside of Gethsemane, He never seems to be stressed, or rushed, or frazzled, despite the fact that He has three years to change the universe! 

Jesus wasn't confused about what needed to happen. He didn't have his priorities messed up. He knew that prayer was the key. That's one reason we believe prayer is so important here at New Hope. 

 
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New Hope serves to see lives transformed by bringing people into an
ever growing connection with God and one another.