In our fallen world, prayer is often seen through many different and, sometimes distorted, lenses. For most Christians, prayer itself seems like a good thing to do because respectable traditions have successfully led us to believe that a life without prayer is a life without God.
Yet it is possible to pray and not connect with God at all. It is possible to just pray out of duty and miss the personal relationship that God so desires. There are many reasons people pray. There are many prayers being lifted up each day and yet few lives are being transformed. Without the right condition of the heart, it is always so easy for anyone to pray by default but be pleasing to God.
Prayer, according to the God of the Bible, is what pleases Him and must be done without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). While praying in solitude (Matthew 6:6) is of great value, God also delights to see us engaged in a constant, flowing conversation with Him every moment of the day.
If prayer is most simply defined as communication with God, then we must be good not just at talking but also at listening, which is often the neglected and forgotten part. The Bible makes it clear that hearing occurs when we directly encounter the word of God (Romans 10:17). So when we take God’s word out of our prayer life, the fruit is obvious: it becomes shallow and stagnant.
When believers unite in prayer, the person and the body are both blessed. Attitudes and perspectives conform little by little to the Person of Christ when we allow fellow believers to hold us accountable even in prayer. This is not to say that praying together ranks above praying alone or vice versa. Both are important and honored by the Lord who is the greatest “prayer warrior” of the past, present and future.
Prayer is not a mere activity to practice or skill to master; rather it is a consistently sweet and love-filled fellowship between a redeemed child and his Heavenly Father regardless of the changing seasons of life.
This new prayer series hopes to bring everyone to a simple yet meaningful journey of understanding and living out what God says prayer truly is.
- Message #1: The Misconceptions About Prayer
- Message #2: What The Bible Says About Prayer – Matthew 6:5-8, 9-13, 1 John 3:22
- Message #3: The Significance of Prayer – Hebrews 4:14-16, John 16:24, Philippians 4:6, Luke 9:29, 22:32
- Message #4: Praying According to God’s Will – John 15:7, 1 John 5:14, Ephesians 6:18
- Message #5: Living a Prayerful Life (Personal) – Psalm 63:1, Psalm 130:1-8, Luke 6:12, 11:5-9, 18:1-14
- Message #6: Praying Together (Corporate) – Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4