Do not restrain prayer…For only through prayer can the prosperity
of a church be increased or even maintained. – Charles Spurgeon
We may be familiar with the passage in Matthew 6 commonly referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer”. Matthew 6:9-13 tells is how we can pray to God and for ourselves and others. What we might miss are the verses before this. In Matthew 6:5-8, Christians are told how to pray WHEN they pray, not IF they pray. Humans breath. Christians pray. Saul went from breathing murderous threats against the disciples, to Paul, seeking to know more of the Lord. This is the power of Christ in us to change our affections from our selfishness to His Holiness.
When we pray, we should be doing two things: 1) responding to what God is doing in our lives, and 2) requesting something of God.
- Dedicated action
- Unanswered requests