NOTES ON BEING A CHURCH DEVOTED TO PRAYER
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Posted on Mon, May 20, 2019
I: Corporate Prayer and Personal Prayer- They Need Each Other
Corporate Prayer and Personal Prayer: They Need Each Other
Meeting once a month for prayer, or even once a week, is not enough. Regularity in prayer is vital to the People of God. Like any other discipline, prayerfulness requires a commitment. So many Christians have a haphazard prayer life. The Lord wants and expects our communication directly with him.
James 5:13 (NASB)
Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
Romans 12:12 (NASB)
[Be]…rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer…
Colossians 4:2 (NASB)
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving…
- Devotion to God requires a conscious, prayerful decision to spend time each day working on your relationship with the Lord.
- If we say that God is the top priority in our lives, then we have to show, to him and to ourselves, that we really believe it.
- Disciplined devotion to God will result in our experiencing the presence of God in our lives. The Lord reveals himself in a variety of ways, but his presence is most felt in prayer. Prayer was the form of communication with his Father favored by Jesus himself (Matt. 14:23; Luke 5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 9:28).
- Commitment to prayer will result the growth of our relationship with God (1 Cor. 2:16; Gal. 5:22-23).
- By devoting ourselves to God, he will reveal his will for us more fully. This will often be through an accompanying study of God’s Word, but there are other ways as well.
- Daily commitment to prayer enables us to keep our lives in the proper perspective, and to set healthy priorities.
- We are called to be ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). How can we hope to minister to the world without open interaction with our God?
- There is trouble in the world, and Christians are not immune. A life of prayer and communication with God will increase our sensitivity to the troubles of others, and enable us to share our own grief, hurt and guilt with the One who is able to heal and forgive.
- As already mentioned, the Fruits of the Spirit grow and strengthen from regular prayer. The Lord wants to give us peace and joy, things that are largely absent from the rest of the world (Luke 12:22-34).
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