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A MESSAGE REGARDING PRAYER 

 

I have put together some ideas so that we can take a closer look at the importance of prayer and how we can, and should, incorporate it into our lives and our Bible studies.  The following quotes are from the book Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds.

 

“Prayer that affects our ministry must first give depth to our private lives.  When put into the golden censer and offered up to God, true prayer works mighty spiritual changes.  The character of our praying will determine the character of our ministries.  Prayer makes our words strong, gives them power, makes them stick.  We must be pre-eminently people of prayer.  Our hearts must graduate in the school of prayer, for only in the school of prayer can the heart learn to minister.  No learning can make up for the failure to pray.  No earnestness, no diligence, no study will supply its lack.

 

Talking to others for God is a great thing.  But talking to God for others is greater still.  We will  never speak to people for God with real success until we have learned how to speak to God.

 

Prayer, in the Christian’s life, in the Christian’s study, in the Christian’s ministry, must be a conspicuous and all-encompassing force.  It must play no secondary part.  We need to be with our Lord ‘all night in prayer’” (Luke 6:12).  (Bounds, pp. 35-36, 39)

 

To train ourselves in self-denying prayer, we must look to the Bible and to the Master:

 

In the beginning it was clear that prayer was not only essential, but unique.  “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to Him?”  Deut. 4:7.  When His people honored Him by praying to Him, God did miraculous things.

 

When Hezekiah prayed in 2 Kings 19:14-19 to be delivered from the hands of the Assyrians, God denounced the Assyrians in verse 20, and sent an angel to destroy their army, in verse 35, thus answering Hezekiah’s prayer.

 

Later, God sent His son who exemplified the act of prayer.  As Robert Munger points out in his article “Prayer Power,” “He prayed early; he prayed late; he prayed all night.  He prayed alone; he prayed with others.  He prayed with confidence; he prayed in deep agony; he even prayed on the cross.  And he teaches us to pray.”  We cannot list here all the prayers but we encourage you to seek them out, by getting a hold of a Bible with a help section that has them listed.  In John 17, Jesus prays for himself, then he does an interesting thing, he prays for all his disciples and then for all believers.  If we are dedicated to being Christ-like, then as he prayed for his disciples and prayed for us, we likewise should be praying for those we are discipling through small groups.

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