I just finished reading a book on Prayer by Timothy Keller. I know there are countless books out there on prayer. I also believe that we get distracted by the “mechanics” of prayer and fail to pray.
In his book, Keller, quotes a Catholic theologian, John Owens, who says this about the melding of Biblical truth and experience of God through prayer: “We must existentially access our doctrinal convictions. If we believe God is holy, than we must find his holiness enjoyable and satisfying. If we believe the great God of the universe loves us than we will be unshakeable in the face of suffering, criticism, and death. If doctrinal soundness is not accompanied by heart experience, it will eventually lead to nominal Christianity and unbelief.”
Luke 18.1 says, “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not lose heart.” Since we are instructed to pray and not lose heart than we need to encounter God and experience the intimacy he offers through prayer. As Owens said, “We must existentially access our doctrinal convictions.”
Do you make congregational prayer a priority? Is congregational prayer accompanied by a sense of urgency for those who are lost and lack a relationship with Jesus Christ? Can we not make prayer as much a outward focus as we do an inward focus? Someone said once, “You can tell a lot about a Christian’s private prayer life by how they pray publicly!” Are your prayers marked by a sense of urgency?
Join me in praying for the lost and in praying for God to burden workers to enter the harvest field!
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