My simple and humanly impossible goal this morning as we share in this message is that we would all be devoted to prayer. This is my goal because this is what the Bible calls us to be. Romans 12:12 reminds believers that we are to be “rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” I would like to ask each of us as we spend these few moments together the question- DO we pray? - Yes we do pray when it suits us, but are we devoted to prayer and do we pray enough and why is prayer so neglected? Only you and I can answer that for ourselves.Why is it that we neglect to pray? I suspect most people don’t pray enough because:
We don’t think we have time.
We don’t think it is important.
We don’t believe that it makes any difference.
as seeking God’s favour (Exodus 32:11),
pouring out one’s soul to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15),
crying out to heaven (2 Chronicles 32:20),
drawing near to God (Psalm 73:28),
and kneeling before the Father (Ephesians 3:14).
•Pray and acknowledging He is God, and that you accept His gracious gift, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Saviour as we are reminded in Romans ch 6:16-18).
•Pray confessing our sins and accepting His forgiveness (Romans 3:23-26).
•Pray that His will be done in our lives, that His Holy Spirit guide us, and that we be filled with the fullness of all God has for us.
•Pray for spiritual understanding and wisdom (Proverbs 2:6-8, Proverbs 3:5).
•Pray with thanksgiving for all the ways He blesses us (Philippians 4:6). Pray when we are ill, lonely, going through trials or interceding for others (James 5:14-16, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
•Pray to worship Him as we are reminded in Psalm 95:6-7.There is nothing we can’t pray about. There are abundant references to prayer in the Bible. The Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing” and “in everything give thanks to the Lord.” When we choose to have a positive attitude, we realize we have received many blessings for which to give God praise. On my way to work in the mornings I pray for the people I drive past - we live in a world who have rejected our Lord Jesus, pray for wisdom and strength for our government, especially those who are believers to be witnesses for our Lord Jesus in every situation, pray for our families, converted and unconverted, pray for Medway and for much wisdom for those in leadership as leadership is not easy, pray for yourself- that the Lord would use you and that we can present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual act of worship”. Romans 12 vs 1.Pray always my friends as we find intimacy with God through communicating with Him in prayer. We go to Him in faith as 1 John 5 verse 14 reminds us,” And this is the confidence we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He will hear us”. My fellow believer be confident that God knows and wants what is best for us; so ask that His will be done in all we seek from Him. Then, thank Him for it, even though it hasn’t happened yet. So what do we say when we pray? We say what our Lord says. And what do we pray for? We pray for what our Lord promises. And what do we ask? We ask that our joy may be complete. For then, we have said what He says, and asked for what He gives. And then our joy will be complete.Someone once said that “Prayer—though it is often draining, even an agony—is in the long term the greatest source of power that is possible.” So believer at Medway above all, pray with sincerity, honour, and humbleness before the Almighty GodIf you are not a believer yet, today is the day my friend to ask this Almighty miracle working God that we believers serve to be the Lord of your life and change your heart as He has done for many of us so that you can enjoy fellowship with the Creator of all things and have the privilege to worship and pray to Him.I am going to do something different for a change, I know that change is hard, but for the next few moments- where you are let us pray with the neighbour/s next to you and give thanks to the Lord for the privilege that we have of being able to commune with Him in prayer. Praise/worship Him- and commit to be people of prayer. I will close in prayer afterwardsLet us prayOur Father in heaven, we thank You for our time this morning. How wonderfully rich and blessed we have been. Thank You for these precious people at Medway. Thank You Lord for the wonderful privilege we have to be able to approach Your throne of grace via the Lord Jesus and know that You hear our prayers and answer them according to Your plans and purposes. Thank You that the work that Your Holy Spirit has done here by faith. Lord, I pray that You’ll increase our faith, that our faith will grow and increase and grow stronger and that the result of that faith will be believing prayer. Hear our prayer, Lord, and hear the prayer that we cry to You, first of all, forgive our transgressions and then grant us the faith to activate heaven’s power on behalf of the advance of Your name and Your Kingdom, and Your will on earth as it is in heaven. Thank You for that privilege. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.