Devote Yourselves to Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;  praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Col 4:2-4 (NASB)

I realize that many churches still have a scheduled Wednesday night prayer meeting or hold 24 hour prayer vigils but generally speaking; What happened to prayer? Paul told the early church to devote themselves to it. Our Lord practiced this discipline. The pages of the Bible are filled with them. What has happened to prayer?

It seems as though some have relegated it off to something that only old women do. I surely know many prayer warriors like this, and the church seems to become weaker as they die off.

It seems as though some have treated it as something that is only for the really desperate people.  I surely know that many prayers of my own have been offered in times of desperation, and it seems as though the church is weaker when we don’t remember how desperate we are.

It seems as though some have seen prayer as something that is only for aunt  Adelaide’s corn on her left foot, middle toe. Have you ever seen pictures of a bad corn? Then you would know that we should pray for aunt Adelaide, but is this all the church of the Living God prays for anymore?

If your church still gathers for prayer meetings, then join them tonight (or whenever they gather to pray) and seek the face of the Living God on behalf of all who are yet unconverted.

To the ends of the earth with the Gospel!

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