Some thoughts on prayer
Let's be honest, a sermon about prayer is probably not a topic we can't wait to hear. Now a sermon about Jesus' resurrection or about his return to defeat the armies of the Antichrist, might be interesting, but prayer? It's relatively easy to get a small group for Bible study and fellowship, but when we invite people for a prayer meeting very few people attend.
What is it about prayer that turns us off? Why don't we pray more? Why does prayer seem so hard? One reason prayer is so hard is because prayer is hard work. The Scottish evangelist, Oswald Chambers said,
Prayer does not prepare us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. So one reason why we don't like to pray is because it's hard work. Another reason we don't pray like we should is because the devil is working to prevent us from praying. Methodist preacher and theologian, Samuel Chadwick, said:
The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.
Jesus gives us the best example of a vibrant prayer life. The Bible says,
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed . . . Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16).1
Jesus had a regular appointment to meet with God every morning. What about you? Do you meet with God regularly? I encourage you to meet with God and talk to him in prayer. He's waiting for you to talk to him.
Pastor Steve Lorenz
August 26th, 2015
1Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16 THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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