“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:17)

Few Christians object to the priority of prayer.  Yet many feel like they don’t know how to pray or battle a constant low-grade guilt over not praying enough.  Prayer becomes a duty instead of a delight.

Here’s my conviction from God’s Word.  God didn’t create prayer to make us feel guilty.  He created prayer because he made us for a relationship of divine dependence.  Jesus’ words to his disciples in John 15:5 ring true. “Apart from me you can do nothing.”

We’re going to spend the month of January focusing on prayer as a church, culminating in a church-wide day of prayer on Saturday, Jan. 26.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a variety of resources to strengthen your practice of prayer.  Here’s a quick overview of the upcoming sermons.

When You Pray: Come (Matt. 6:5-8)
When You Pray: Ask (Mark 11:20-25)
When You Pray: Stand (Eph. 6:10-20)
When You Pray: Persist (Eph. 6:13)

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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