Workout: Prayer

The best way that we as believers and together as the church can cooperate with God is through prayer. Prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of our lives with God and to express our gratitude for the things He provides. It provides the platform for confession and is a way to acknowledge who is really in control of our lives. Listen to today’s sermon as we take a closer look at the important reasons for prayer.

 

Proverbs 15:29-31

The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
    good news makes for good health.

31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
    you will be at home among the wise.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13 Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.

14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

Colossians 4:2-6

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone.

One Comment

  1. Dieter says:

    Great introduction and a good challenge. We all need to grow in our prayer life and spiritual disciplines. A wonderful book on this topic is James Houston’s “Prayer as A Transforming Friendship”.

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