Has the Church Lost the Power of Prayer
This week I attended a conference on prayer. Dr. Gordan Fort, Ambassador for the President of the International Mission Board, the presenter made this statement, "We have lost the doctrine and practice of prayer in our churches."
That rocked me because it is true! Why is it that we don't pray? And if we do pray, why is it only for a few minutes? I read recently that many Christians spend 15 minutes in prayer and Bible study and then live on their power for 23 hours and 45 minutes.
Prayer is becoming a priority in my life. I try to pray constantly whenever I think of a need or run into a problem. As someone shares a request, I pray right then so I won't forget. Part of the problem for a lack of prayer is that we (I'm speaking of myself and other leaders in churches) have not taught people how to pray.
Dr. Fort told us that we should daily pray, "Lord, teach me to pray." When we do, I believe that the Holy Spirit will guide us throughout the day reminding us to pray and what to pray for.
Dr. Fort focused on Philippians 4:6. The Wuest's translation reads, "Stop perpetually worrying about even one thing, but in everything, by prayer whose essence is that of worship and devotion, and by supplication which is a cry for your personal needs, let your requests with thanksgiving for the things asked for be made known in the presence of God, and the peace of God which surpasses all power of comprehension, shall mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Let us be encouraged to pray because God wants to hear our requests even though He already knows them. He enjoys listening to us share our needs, wants, praises, and love for Him in our words. Much like a mother comforts a hurting child in her lap.
Let us encourage each other in prayer and to prayer!
In His Love.