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The Importance of Prayer

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Andrew Murray, the South African church leader and writer a century ago wrote, “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history!” Some feel as though prayer is up to a few who are super spiritual, but nowhere in the Bible is prayer called one of the Spiritual gifts. Prayer is a personal discipline that has to be done by every believer!

Here’s a command to every believer who wants to be a successful Christian: It’s found in Eph. 6:14-18 …. pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” No church is going to grow strong and healthy without the inhale/exhale rhythm of prayer; without prayer we shrivel! Mark 11:17 then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

Like Jesus and Paul we too must have and keep a great knowledge of God through prayer. Plus through prayer revelation is given. If we don’t pray we won’t see miracles!

The lost will take notice when the church does and becomes what she was birthed to do! Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932) was a Godly Methodist preacher and college president in England. His words ring as true today as when he wrote them: “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayer less studies, prayer less work and prayer less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”



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