Power and Privledge of Prayer

Scripture of the Day June 2-8, 2013 with thoughts from Pastor John

June 2, 2013    Sunday:

 

“Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

                                                Luke 11:1

 

June 3, 2013    Monday:

“But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.”

                                                Acts 12:5

 

June 4, 2013   Tuesday:

“The prayer of a person who ignores the law are despised”

                                                Proverbs 28:9

 

June 5, 2013    Wednesday:

“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up.  ‘There was a judge in a certain city’, he said ‘who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone.  A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her.  The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out.  ‘I fear neither God nor man’, he said to himself, ‘ but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’

                Then the Lord said, ‘Learn a lesson from this evil judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?”    Luke 18:1-8

 

 

 

June 6, 2013   Thursday

“When you pray, don’t hesitate on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again.  Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”

                                                Matthew 6:7-8

 

 

June 7, 2013   Friday

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. “

                                                Romans 8:26

Saturday: Pastor John’s Thoughts on This Week’s Scripture:

 

The Power, Privilege and Pleasure of Prayer

 

When I thought about the prospect of having a daily scripture and weekly topic, prayer was the first topic that came to my mind. After all, prayer should be at the center of our walk with the Lord. Still I hesitated when faced with the prospect of picking a few verses and writing a few words to describe something that is so vital to my life.  Then I read this quote from Matthew Henry, “You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe as a living Christian that does not pray.”  While this may have been true in Mr. Henry’s day, I don’t believe it is true today. 

                If I am correct about that then the natural follow up question would have to be “Why don’t we pray like we used to in days gone by?” What happened to prayer circles, prayer chains, and prayer time? Part of the answer may be that it is easier to stop something then to start something.  A lot of prayer chains stopped because somehow they turned into gossip forums.  While it is undoubtedly true that the abuse needed to be corrected, it is equally true that the solution needs correction as well.

The body of Christ needs to rediscover the growing joy of surrender and a disciplined prayer life. Please understand that I am not judging anyone’s current prayer life but I am confident that all of our prayer lives can and should continue to grow throughout our lifetime.  Some of you may have some wonderful testimonies to share about prayer that can help the rest of us as well. 

The scriptures that I have chosen this week are unrelated and diverse. They hopefully will allow us to begin to understand that prayer is multifaceted and can never be placed into a neat box. There are no vain repetitions or magic numbers, just open and honest dialogue between the creation and the creator. One of my favorite quotes about prayer comes from Corrie ten Boom, “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is most powerful on his knees.”

                That sums it all up for me. Pray when you feel like it, pray more when you don’t. Pray when you can’t understand, pray even when you can’t find the words. Discover the joy of a purposeful prayer life. Then help someone else discover it as well.

Until next Saturday,

Pastor John