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“There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we can be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, meeting all the demands of external affairs, but deep within, behind the scenes at a profounder level we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship and a gentle receptiveness to divine breathings.”

Someone once wrote that “A church is never more like the New Testament church than when it is praying.” Worship is important. The teaching of God’s Word is crucial in every church. So is fellowship and evangelism. The Bible is also clear that every church must be committed to prayer. Colossians 4.2 says: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Prayer is to be like breathing for the follower of Jesus!

Praying is a means from God to sustain us even in the darkest of times. Prayer is essential for the power and presence of God to be evident in our lives and the life of the church. If we do not pray, then we are essentially dead in the water. Often prayer is something we do after we have exhausted our own resources, but as Oswald Chambers wrote, “Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”

Jesus is our example of individual prayer. Luke 5.16 says that “Jesus would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” Not only are we to pray privately like Jesus, but we are to place an invested emphasis on praying together as a church Corporate prayer was an essential activity of the first church. D.A. Carson wrote, “Prayer meetings were the arteries of the early church. Through them, life-sustaining power was derived.” We absolutely must pray together—or God will certainly pass us by.

Charles Spurgeon wrote…

The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge the amount of divine working among the people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of first tokens of His absence will be slothfulness in prayer!

~ Bryan

 

“If we then are to have fellowship with Jesus Christ in his present work, we must spend much time in prayer; we must give ourselves to earnest, constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer.” 

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Pray (1900), 14.

“There is another reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer that seems if possible even more forcible than this, namely, praying is the most important part of the present ministry of our risen Lord.” 

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Pray (1900), 12.

“So how will you prepare for the storm? If we wait to prepare until we’re in the middle of a temptation, we’re too late. We must be proactive. We need to see the storms coming from afar, and reinforce our walls ahead of time. The strength we need to endure the storm ultimately comes from God, but we must take hold of his strength through prayer. ”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer66-67.

“All the mighty men (and I will add women) have been men (and women) of prayer. They have differed from one another in many things, but in this they have been alike.”

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Pray (1900), 11

“Why is it,” both ministers and churches are asking, “that the church of Christ makes so little headway against unbelief and error andn sin and worldliness?” Once more we hear God answering, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Pray (1900), 10.

While being interviewed before a boxing match, Mike Tyson was asked for his thoughts on his opponent’s style. Tyson observed. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Likewise, everyone has a plan for how they’ll be victorious until adversity comes. Once disorientation hits, all resolved, strength, and composure vanish like a boxer’s two front teeth.

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer65.

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”

~ Mother Teresa

Martin Luther said once: “I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”  

For Luther, the busier he was, the mor he needed to pray. We tend to do the oppossite: We pray less the busier we are.

Luther was right about the importance of prayer and that we need to do more of it.

Martin Luther
Martin Luther by Cranach-restoration.jpg

 

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