Prayer is like an untapped resource with untold treasures. When Albert Einstein was delivering a lecture at Princeton University, someone asked him what is left to discover; and he replied by urging them to find out about prayer. Even Einstein was interested in prayer as a force. It’s wise to discover more about prayer.
It’s been said that the tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but “un-offered” prayer. Just because we pray doesn’t mean we do it right or do it effectively. Let’s see what Jesus said about prayer.
Alone Prayer Having had the habit of prayer himself, Jesus gave the specific instruction about prayer in the book of Matthew:
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:5-6
The location of where you pray is important. Find a private place to pray, such as a private room or a “prayer closet.” Prayer needs to go beyond just praying at the dinner table. Furthermore, by talking to God, you develop your relationship with Him, affecting all aspects of your life. Seek the Lord about every part of your life. Bring everything to God. He is interested in both the big things and the small things in your life.
Group Prayer A unique spiritual authority and power manifest when two or more people come together to pray together. Jesus asked for group prayer with Peter, James and John in the Garden of Gethsemane when he was with a few of his disciples.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” — Matthew 18:19-20
We feel like giving up most when we are alone. We face the greatest temptations when we are alone. There is no shame in asking for prayer support and saying you need help. Tap into what Jesus said: “it will be done” for you when you pray with another believer.
Church-wide Prayer When an entire church is focused in a unified purpose of praying for something or someone specific, supernatural results happen. God works miracles in response to church-wide prayer. In the Bible, when Peter was in jail, the church prayed for him.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. – Acts 12:5
As a result, Peter was miraculously delivered from prison.
What situation do you need to be delivered from? When you pray, expect God to do something. He may deliver you from something, reveal a truth to you, open a door to a new opportunity, bring new people into your life to help you, show you how to overcome, or tell you to endure and wait on Him.
You aren’t alone. A recent poll said that 60% of Americans pray once a day, and 76% of Americans pray once a week. Even 8 out of 10 atheists pray at least once a year. (“Oh, God, help me.”)
To kickoff 2018 with church-wide prayer, Shoreline Church has initiated 21 days of prayer. You can participate in this faith-in-action by going to Shoreline’s Instagram or Facebook page, where a new call for prayer will be posted each day at 7 a.m.
Also, the prayer room on the north campus of Shoreline will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during this special time of dedicated, church-wide prayer.
As we come together in prayer, we expect to see supernatural results in your life and in the lives of so many people in the Shoreline community and across the city of Austin.
Launch yourself in 2018 with a renewed commitment to prayer.