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GOD BLESS YOU.
It is true in life that, when one really understands the importance of what he is to do, that is when he exerts all of his energy and passion in pursuing that task or project. So it is with prayer, when we are enabled to grasp its importance, our hearts would be set on fire to devote ourselves to its duty, discipline and delight.
The lack of understanding of the importance of prayer in both our personal lives and the church's life has not only robbed us from enjoying abundant life in Christ, but also has resulted in lives lacking the vibrant testimonies that once characterized the people of God. Oh that the Holy Spirit would deeply impress on our hearts the truths about the importance of prayer and thus make our lives and witness ever vibrant and victorious!
Several key truths found in the Scriptures about the importance of prayer have challenged many godly people in developing and strengthening their prayer lives. By laying hold of these key truths we can also build a life of prayer that has power with God.
Key Truth 1: Our desperate need of God
"I am the vine, you are the branches; for he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Key Truth 2: The reality of God
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).
Key Truth 3: Our transformation and spiritual growth
|" And some eight days after these sayings, it came about that He took along Peter and John and James and went up to the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming" (Luke 9:28-29).|
R.A. Torrey writes: "Each day of true prayer life finds me more like my glorious Lord." He also wrote of John Welch, son-in-law of John Knox. He described John Welch as one of the faithful men of prayer the world ever saw. An old man speaking of him after his death said,"He was a type of Christ."
Key Truth 4: God repeatedly commands it in the Bible
|1. Luke 18:1|
|2. I Thessalonians 5:17|
|3. Philippians 4:6|
|4. Ephesians 6:18-19|
|5. Matthew 26:41 (cf. Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40, 46)|
|6. Colossians 4:2-3|
|7. I Thessalonians 5:25|
|8. II Thessalonians 3:1-2|
|10. Hebrews 13:18|
Key Truth 5: Prayer is the only way to have the power of the Holy Spirit for God's work.
Key Truth 6: Prayer is to be the paramount activity in the assembly of God's people.
"And He began to teach and say to them, 'Is it not written, 'My house shall be called the house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a robbers' den.'" (Mark 11:17: cf. Matthew 21:12-13; Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11; John 2:13-16)
Other truths about the importance of prayer, gleaned from Scripture:
"Conscious as we are of its vital importance, yet we let the hours pass away as a blank and can only lament in death the irremediable loss." - E. M. Bounds
"Prayer does not equip us for greater works prayer is the greater work." -Oswald Chambers
"Prayer is the most unexplored area of the Christian life. Prayer is the most powerful weapon of the Christian life. Prayer is the most hell-feared battle in the Christian life. Prayer is the most secret device of the Christian life. Prayer is the most underestimated power in the Christian life. Prayer is the most untaught truth in the Christian life. Prayer is the most demanding exercise in the Christian life. Prayer is the most neglected responsibility in the Christian life. Prayer is the most conquering outreach in the Christian life. Prayer is the most opposed warfare in the Christian life. Prayer is the most far-reaching ministry in the Christian life. -Leonard Ravenhill
"When the Holy Spirit comes in power, more will happen in one hour than will happen in fifty or even a hundred years as a result of your exertions and mine." -Martyn Lloyd Jones
"I used to think that prayer should have first place and teaching the second. I now feel it would be truer to give prayer the first, second, and third places, and teaching the fourth." -J. O. Fraser
"Those who have left the deepest impression on this sin-cursed earth have been men and women of prayer." -Dwight. L. Moody
"True prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of your heart or soul to God, through Jesus Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the Word of God, for the good of the Church, with submission in faith to the will of God." -John Bunyan
"True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. It is not the utterance of words, it is not alone the feelings of desires, but it is the advance of the desires to God, the spiritual approach of our nature toward the Lord our God. 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.... True prayer is a spiritual business from beginning to end, and its aim and object end not with man but reach to God Himself. To qualify for such prayer, the work of the Holy Ghost is needed." -Charles Spurgeon
"True prayer is to respond to the true God as He reveals more of Himself by His Spirit in His Word.... People in prayer are people open to God." -John White