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Christians from the first “were continually devoting themselves … to prayer” (Acts 2:42). We aim to be a church of members who devote themselves to prayer.
Prayer isn’t just important. It is a necessity. W e can do more than pray, but not until we have prayed. Why?
1. Christ would have us pray at all times and not lose heart (Luke 18:1).
2. God wants us to have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3).
3. We can’t love or trust God without knowing Him (1 John 4:7).
4. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
End hindrances to praying such as self, busyness, work and sins such as habitual sins (Psalm 66:18), marital sin (1 Peter 3:7), double-mindedness (James 1:5-7), blame (Mark 11:25) and heartlessness (Proverbs 21:13).
Establish time for concentrated prayer. It’s best to set aside a daily time alone with God. To start your day with God often works best, but establishing any specific time as your daily appoint with God is better than not.
Reserve the place for serious praying, quiet and free from interruptions, not in front of the TV or with the radio or stereo going. Let that be your secret place (Psalm 91:1-2) for fellowship with God.
Settle on the your pattern for praying:
1. The God-given model found in Matthew 6:9-13 is an excellent skeleton for the structure of much praying.
2. Use your scripture of the day as springboard for prayer. For example, “Our Heavenly Father, help me to be one of those mentioned in Matthew 5:6, who hunger and thirst for righteousness so that I may know Your filling.”
3. LISTEN: God waits for you to simply become quiet in His presence so He can lead you. Here are samples of questions we may ask Him:
What in my life requires confession and repentance?
For whom in particular do you want me to intercede?
Who specifically do I need to encourage?
From whom do I need to ask forgiveness?
Who do I need to forgive?
To what in my life should I be saying, “No”?
To what in my life should I be saying, “Yes”?
What do you want me to know?