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“Here’s our problem: prayerlessness is spiritual suicide!” 

John OnwuchekwaPrayer39.

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“As Mark Dever says, ‘It is impossible to answer the question “What is a Christian?” without ending up in a conversation about the church–as least, in the Bible, it is.’ If prayer clings to to the hope we have in Christ, then prayer should reflect our togetherness in Christ. If prayer has a gospel shape, then by implication, it must have a church shape.”

John OnwuchekwaPrayer, 37.

“…a church’s commitment to prayer is one of the greatest determiners of its effectiveness in ministry.

Prayer is oxygen for the Christian. It sustains us. So it follows that prayer must be a source of life for any community of Christians. It is to the church what it is to individuals–breathing. Yet many of our gatherings could be likened to people coming together merely to hold their collective breath. This would explain why people seem to have so little energy for actually living out the Christian life.

But breathing together is what our churches need.”

John OnwuchekwaPrayer23.

Heavenly Father,

Hallowed be your great and powerful name. Only you are completely holy and pure and perfect.  Someday, everyone will know this. It seems like every year, you get pushed more and more out of lives and society. More and more people in America do not acknowledge your existence and glory.  In 2019, please send revival to your people. Cleanse and forgive us for ignoring and judging our neighbors who need Jesus. Forgive us for our lack of prayer and our lack of love for you and others. Forgive us for watering down your ternal Word. Make us hungry and desperate for you in this New Year!

In Jesus precious name!

Amen

Heavenly Father,

As we end 2018, may our eyes and hearts be focused on you! Father, it seems that America is becoming more and more divided and angry and uncivil. we are are in desperate need for revival. Salvation in your Son, Jesus, is the only answer for our nation. Save souls, revive churches and keep us on our knees in prayer.

As your people gather for worship on December 30, 2018 all across America, may they worship you in spirit and truth.

In the wonderful name of Jesus!

Amen

“A total absence of prayer in the church isn’t a likely problem. Maybe a church somewhere out there never prays at all, but I don’t assume that’s happening in yours. I don’t know your church, But I bet there are times you come together to pray. Such praying may sparse and sporadic, but it happens. And therein lies what I think is the biggest problem: not a complete lack of prayer, but too little prayer.”

John OnwuchekwaPrayer, 18.

Prayer

“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God” (Colossians 4.12).

Epaphras…

  • Was a church member of the church of Colossae.
  • Was  a follower of Jesus.
  • Was a prayer warrior who prayed that his brothers and sisters in the Colossians church were spiritually mature and knowledgeable of God’s will

Let us all pray and be like Epaphras!

I Wonder Lord
(a prayer poem for Christmas Eve)

I wonder Lord what the world would feel like
Before you came to earth.
Before the dawn of love reborn,
Before the promise of the baby of light!

I wonder did the shepherds feel
The absence of your grace?
Before forgiveness came in a manger,
Before your mercy was laid in the hay.

I wonder how desperate were the hearts
Of those Kings who searched for truth?
Before all wisdom was born that night,
Before the dawning of a Saviour bright.

I wonder just how Joseph felt,
What a heavy burden he bore.
Before the promises of a beautiful boy,
Before he held the miracle child.

I wonder whether Mary was
The first to feel new things,
Before the birth of Jesus,
Before she carried the Kingdom within.

I wonder this on Christmas eve
Before the dawn of day.
Before the celebrations
Before my Lord’s birthday.

“Our lives are filled with study, work and scores of worthy activities. But if we have no consistent, unhurried time with our Lord, isn’t time to make a change?”

~ David McCasland

“Breathing–as a metaphor for Christian prayer–captures so much of what prayer should be. It reminds us that prayer is something essential to our existence. Breathing is necessary for everything we do. It enables every activity. Likewise, prayers is basic and vital. It’s tied to both our present existence and perpetual endurance. Prayer is breathing. There’s no better metaphor of what prayer should be for the Christian.”

~ John OnwuchekwaPrayer17.

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