“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)