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Intercessory Prayer

Every Tuesday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Portland Christian Center, 5700 SW Dosch Rd, Portland, OR US 97239

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Prayer is not a mysterious practice reserved only for pastors and the religiously devout. Prayer is simply communicating with God—listening and talking to Him as you would an earthly parent who loves you and wants the best for you!

There is not a formula to prayer, but the A.C.T.S. model will be helpful to you as you learn how to pray. A.C.T.S. is an acronym that you can use to help guide you through a time of prayer. It stands for: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.


Adoration means worship. We encourage you to begin your time of prayer by telling God what He means to you and how much you love Him. This is not the same as Thanksgiving where you thank God for all He has done, but a time to tell God how magnificent / holy / glorious He is, to focus solely on Him, to praise Him for who He is and for all that He has done for you.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. -- Psalm 8:1 (ESV)


Confession, the next component, means confessing all our sins to God. It's a time to express sorrow about what you have said, thought, or done that is not pleasing to Him. Ask God to forgive you for these things, and then believe that He does so freely and unconditionally. When you confess your sins, you receive God's cleansing and this helps to remove any barrier in your communication with Him.

But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. 1 John 1:9 (CEV)


Thanksgiving, the next component, basically means being thankful to God. This is where we count our blessings, thanking and praising God for all He has given us and done for us in life. Thank Him for hearing your prayers, forgiving your sins, for His all-consuming love. Thank Him for his unending promises, His protection, His provision, just to name a few things.

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. -- Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV)

Supplication, also known as Intercession

Supplication is the final component. This is also known as Intercession and means praying for your needs and for the needs of others, such as friends, family, your pastor, missionaries, and government leaders. Be specific in your prayers and ask God to lead you in your prayers. Examples of things you may want to pray for: God's guidance, wisdom, opportunities to serve,
family concerns, work issues, etc.

Again, keep in mind that the ACTS model serves as a guide to help you, not a rigid formula to follow. There is not a "canned" approach that you need to take; just talk from your heart and enjoy your relationship with your Heavenly Fathe

There are additional tips that will help:

  1. Set aside a specific time to pray each day. 

  2. Pick a quiet place where you can be alone with God.
  3. You will also find a special blessing if you begin your time by reading the Bible. Select a passage to read (download a Bible reading plan) and spend some time thinking about it deeply.
  4. Reflect on what God is impressing on your heart to you through the passage. 

  5. Ask God to help you apply what you are learning. God wants you to share your heart with Him, and He wants to share His heart with you—this can take place anytime, day or night!

Prayer Opportunities

Intercessory Prayer: 
Tuesdays at Noon, Room 227

A committed group of men and women who gather weekly to pray over the Prayer Wall list and needs/topics as led by the Holy Spirit.  Half the time is spent in praise and thanksgiving and half is often spent praying in the sanctuary, laying hands on the pews, praying over the altars, and calling on God for power and anointing for the coming Sunday services.  


Open Prayer: 
Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM, Sanctuary
Informal gathering for all adults to seek and intercede.  Prayer Cards are placed on the altar in the front to provide topics and Scriptures in guiding prayer.

Prayer Wall: 
 24-7, 365 days a year
An online venue which allows people to post prayer requests by name or anonymously.  A printed updated copy is also provided at our Information Desk on Wednesdays or Sundays for pick-up.

Morning Staff Prayer:
8:50 AM, Monday-Friday, Main Offices
The first appointment of our staff and assistants is with Jesus each morning where the entire staff gathers to update each other on prayers, praises, requests, and leadings of the Holy Spirit, then unite in prayer before the day begins.  

Altar Prayer Teams:
Sundays at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM, Sanctuary
Nearly 50 people prepare themselves to minister in prayer at the altars each Sunday, ready to pray for healing, deliverance, breakthroughs, provision, and miracles.  

Prayer Shawl Group:
Tuesdays, 12:00 PM, Room 208
A talented group of crafty folks gather to make hand-knitted shawls to give as gifts while praying for those in need of comfort and healing.  These shawls are then distributed to hospital patients.

Ladies Pre-Bible Study Prayer: 
8:45-9:15 AM, Tuesdays, September-May
Groups of ladies of all ages gather together to intercede for their groups, families, church, nation, and world.  

Pre-Service Deacon's Prayer Circle:  
Sundays at 8:15 AM, Room 227
Each Sunday, one of our deacons gathers a select group of men to pray for the morning's services, speaker, congregation, and pressing needs.  

Deacon's Prayer Council: 
1st Sunday of each month, Chapel, 8:15 AM
The first Sunday of the month, all deacons, their prayer circles, and men of all ages gather to pray collectively for the ministries and needs of PCC.

Board of Deacons and Pastoral Staff Prayer:
3rd Thursday of each month: 5:30-6:00 PM, Sanctuary
Before the board of deacons gathers to conduct the business of the church, they join with the pastoral staff to do business with God in prayer.  

Unveiled Pre-Service Prayer: 
Wednesday nights, Youth Center, 6:15 PM
The team of volunteer leaders gather to pray together in expectation for God to pour out His power and glory, igniting a new generation of Christ-followers.  

Choir Care Team Prayer:  
7:00 PM, Choir Room, Wednesdays (September-May)
Every Wednesday, groups of men or women gather in circles to pray and encourage each other before preparing the coming week's worship set.  


Prayer Tools:      "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson; 

Rhema Prayer Cards (to order: 1-800-304-CITY)  
8-Second Prayer List; 
30 Days of Prayer Guide; 
Guide To Prayer & Fasting  
Pastor On Call: 503-893-9872 (evenings/weekends)  
Prayer Events:   Week of Prayer & Fasting (as assigned by Lead Pastor)