The Work of Prayer

Intercessory prayer is a vital part of the ministry of the church.  You are invited and encouraged to regularly pray for the ministry of Thornapple, the staff and community. In prayer we bring our praise, thanks, and needs to God, seeking His insight, response, and help. At the invitation of Jesus we spend time listening. We pray that God's name and work would be known and honored, we pray that God's will might be done on earth, we pray for the needs of God's local and global church, and we pray that Jesus Christ would be known by all people. 

Here is a list of some of the opportunities for prayer at Thornapple:

  • Pray for Sunday worship - We encourage those who are able to pray prior to each or both Sunday worship hours in Pastor Rob's office.  There will be prayer from 8:40am to 8:55am and also from 10:10am to 10:25am.  You may even choose to pray during either of the services.
  • Thornapple’s Small Groups meet regularly together in homes and include prayer as a vital component of group life. For more on Small Groups, click here.
  • Prayer is an important part of other small groups at Thornapple as well, such as women’s and men's weekday studies. 

Thornapple has a prayer room in the lower level next to the middle school room. It can be used by individuals or groups to pray any time the church building is open. 

Do you have a need you would like others to be praying for?
There are many ways you can communicate your prayer needs to those who will pray for them at Thornapple.

  • Email your request to Pastor Karen Ingebretson at or call 957-0580 to be included in the Thornapple Praise & Prayer email that is sent approximately once a week to people in the church family who will pray for your request. Hard copies of this email are available at the Welcome Center. 
  • From the church website, you can use the Request Form to submit a prayer request.  You have the option to keep your request confidential or to have it included in the next Praise and Prayer email. To access the Request Form now, click here.

Do you want a pastor or elders to pray with you?

  • Pastors and elders would like to meet with you and pray. Contact them or call the church office to schedule a time when a pastor or elders will meet you at church or come to your home or the hospital to pray for you.
  • Elders are also available to pray with you under the cross after each worship service on Sundays and during Communion, which is usually the first Sunday of the month. Pastors are also available for more lengthy meetings to listen with discernment and care and then pray.