Do you want to be different? I mean really different? Do you want to accomplish things that last well beyond your lifetime? Do you want to be remembered as a man or woman of God for generations? Do you want to have a Gospel impact that reaches far beyond Edgefield, South Carolina, or even the United States?
There’s only one way that will happen, and it’s through prayer. Of all the spiritual disciplines that get neglected in our day and time, prayer is one of the biggest. We sit down and read our Bibles, and then we offer some sort of quick token prayer to God. Why? Because we are too busy for our own good. Technology has played a role in the speed with which we live our lives, but it’s also due to an overall lack of discipline in our society.
Prayer isn’t something that pays immediate/obvious dividends usually. It might be years before you see a clear answer. However, prayer is something that we as a church must not neglect. We spend time in prayer as a body on Wednesday nights, the men’s prayer breakfast once a month, but this is still not enough. What we need, is for every member to dedicate time daily to lifting their requests up to God. What we need is for each and every person reading this letter to personally spend time speaking with the Father.
What I’m not telling you is that you have to spend hours in prayer at a time. However, what if when you were driving, you turned the radio down and spent your morning commute asking God to bless your conversations and help you focus on His will for your life? What if instead of watching tv with your family one night, you spent 15-20 minutes praying for God to help your children succeed in school and keep them safe?
The church is called to pray, but that commitment to pray as a church will never happen, if the individual body members aren’t praying in their personal lives. I’m committing to spending more time in prayer for God’s Word to go forth, and for our church to be a bright light in these dark times. Won’t you join me?
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20