Prayer

 

Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus name!
It is hard to believe we are knocking on Fall’s door already. Time seems to be going by so quickly that I often wonder where the months went. I trust September finds you “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
I am teaching on prayer this month along with our children’s classes. Prayer is an indispensable dynamic of the Christian life. Several years ago I was speaking with a pastor whose church was growing rapidly. They had moved out of a couple of buildings already to accommodate increasing attendance. I mentioned that I had seen a statistic that showed only 12% of pastors had daily prayer to which he replied, “Guilty!” I was taken aback. I wondered how a church could grow at such a fast pace when the pastor spent relatively no time in prayer. It wasn’t long before it all fell apart. I understand churches fall apart for a lot of different reasons but it should never be because the pastor had built the work in his own strength, which is what we are left with when spiritual dynamics are abandoned. 
Charles Spurgeon said, “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that - it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” No prayer, no spiritual transaction. No time in the Word, no spiritual transaction. 
Our private devotion times (Word and prayer) are the bedrock foundation of our walk with God and our spiritual development. They must be engaged in because they put us in contact with our Creator, the Giver of this regenerate life in Christ that we so enjoy. The neglect of either is the neglect of our Creator.
Life will never make room for prayer. You will have to force life, schedule and events into subjection when it comes to prayer. You will have to forcefully squeeze the time out of every day to develop a vital prayer life, or keep vitality in your prayer life. However, there is nothing so wonderful, so beautiful as that time of prayer and Word in which we fellowship with the Creator “of the worlds and all that in them is.”
I call you blessed!
Pastor
Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus name!
It is hard to believe we are knocking on Fall’s door already. Time seems to be going by so quickly that I often wonder where the months went. I trust September finds you “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
I am teaching on prayer this month along with our children’s classes. Prayer is an indispensable dynamic of the Christian life. Several years ago I was speaking with a pastor whose church was growing rapidly. They had moved out of a couple of buildings already to accommodate increasing attendance. I mentioned that I had seen a statistic that showed only 12% of pastors had daily prayer to which he replied, “Guilty!” I was taken aback. I wondered how a church could grow at such a fast pace when the pastor spent relatively no time in prayer. It wasn’t long before it all fell apart. I understand churches fall apart for a lot of different reasons but it should never be because the pastor had built the work in his own strength, which is what we are left with when spiritual dynamics are abandoned. 
Charles Spurgeon said, “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that - it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” No prayer, no spiritual transaction. No time in the Word, no spiritual transaction. 
Our private devotion times (Word and prayer) are the bedrock foundation of our walk with God and our spiritual development. They must be engaged in because they put us in contact with our Creator, the Giver of this regenerate life in Christ that we so enjoy. The neglect of either is the neglect of our Creator.
Life will never make room for prayer. You will have to force life, schedule and events into subjection when it comes to prayer. You will have to forcefully squeeze the time out of every day to develop a vital prayer life, or keep vitality in your prayer life. However, there is nothing so wonderful, so beautiful as that time of prayer and Word in which we fellowship with the Creator “of the worlds and all that in them is.”
I call you blessed!
Pastor