Hillside Church is devoted to being a "house of prayer" where all things are done prayerfully and in dependence upon the Lord. We invite you to join us in the various kinds of prayer below in the hope of the promise of the Bible: "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14).
2019 prayer focus:
A year of Unwavering Hope
Our church-wide prayer theme this year is based on Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Wednesday Evening Corporate Prayer
House of Prayer is a time of corporate prayer from from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This Spirit-driven, pastor-led time of worship and intercession is focused on praying with hope for the needs of our church, community, and beyond. The prayers of those gathered are valued as the driving force behind the movement of the Holy Spirit throughout our ministries.
Hillside Prayer Room
A special room just outside the worship center is designated as a place devoted to passionately pursuing the purposes of God. Throughout the year Hillside offers seasons of 24/7 or 24-hour prayer with sign-ups for prayer times both day and night. The prayer room is also made available to individuals for concentrated times of prayer. Prayer resources are available on the slatwall by the prayer room door.
First Friday Prayer Call
On the first Friday of each month, you are invited to join Dr. Bob Bakke and the prayer team on a prayer call from 6:00 - 6:30 am. For a half-hour, we pray for our nation, for revival, and for the ministries of Hillside Church. You can join by calling 605-468-8026 and entering access code 672952#.
Each January, we invite Hillside attenders to fill out a prayer card - one per family - regarding a specific request they would like prayer for in the coming year. Those requests are printed on a card with a family picture. Throughout the year the cards are prayed over (in our House of Prayer, staff meetings, elder meetings, and special seasons of prayer in the prayer room) and signed by those who prayed. At the end of the year, each family's card is mailed back to them, filled with the signatures of those who prayed for them during the year. It's an exciting reminder to them of God's faithfulness to answer prayers.
Several times throughout the year, we set up a “Drive-Thru Prayer” in the parking lot at Hillside Church as an opportunity for people in our community to receive prayer through an innovative and non-threatening invitation. We use brightly colored signs, friendly smiles, and waves to draw traffic into our parking lot where we listen to people’s needs and pray for them — all in the “safety” of their car. This is just one strategic way that we seek to bless our community with the love of Christ.
July Prayer and Fasting
Every July, the congregation of Hillside Church embarks on a season of prayer and fasting, with many people participating in a “Daniel” fast based on Daniel 1:8-16. We pray together on specific prayer points and have special times of corporate prayer on Wednesday evenings throughout the month (including a family prayer night and a prayer for healing service). This is a time when together as a church we can focus our prayer and devotion to the Lord and our yearly prayer theme.
Prayer Initiatives Throughout the Year
Hillside observes several prayer initiatives and throughout the year invites the congregation to join for corporate or individual prayer times. These include:
• Collegiate Day of Prayer
• Prayer for Muslims during Ramadan
• Seek God for the City (40 days from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday)
• Prayer for the Persecuted Church
• Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem
• Sanctity of Life Sunday