“Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help.” –Psalm 39:12 (NIV) “Lord, teach us to pray.” –Luke 11:1 “After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed.” –John 17:1 “They all joined together constantly in prayer.” –Acts 1:14 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” –Ephesians 6:18 “Pray continually.” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to “pray without ceasing?” And does prayer really make a difference? There are so many questions that surround prayer. Here is a quick list of what prayer is not.
Prayer is not magic. It is not a magic mantra to get what we want.
Prayer does not make demands. God is not going to be raising Verucca Salt’s anytime soon.
Prayer is for our benefit, not God’s. Our good comes out of prayer but God gets the glory.
Prayer is not a guarantee against suffering. We may never be able to pray suffering away but we can ask God to show us how suffering can be a tool for growth and softening of our hearts.
Prayer is not an opportunity for us to show off. When we pray don’t pray like some do to show off how much they know God.
Pray today for your ministry team to continue to grow in prayer themselves. One way they will be encouraged to grow in prayer is to be more intentional. They will be encouraged to set up a prayer calendar (pray for a different person each day of the month). At 290cc we seek to put into practice the motto, “Prayer is the Work!”