How Important Is Prayer?
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people..." (1 Timothy 2:1 NIV)
How important is prayer? Well, let’s start with the fact that the Church was born in a prayer meeting, as it is documented in Acts chapter 2. And in Acts 4, when Peter and John were wrongfully arrested and then set free, the church didn’t protest or try to get political leverage; they had a prayer meeting! This thing called prayer is so unique that when Saul, persecutor of the church, got converted, the Lord said to Ananias, “Behold, he is praying” (Acts 9:11), as proof that he was converted. In this instance, prayer was set forth as a sign that Saul, who came to be called the Apostle Paul, was the real deal with God! Later on in the New Testament, when Paul writes to Timothy, he says, “In every church service I want the men to pray, men who are dedicated to God and can lift up their hands in prayer…” (1 Timothy 2:8 GNT), because that’s the sign of a Christian church. And at the close of the New Testament, in the book of Revelation, the four and twenty elders fall at the feet of Jesus with “gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people” (Revelation 5:8 GNT).
What does all of this tell us? That whether we stand, sit, or kneel, prayer is all-important for the body of Christ. In fact, the greatest thing anybody can learn is how to pray. And how do we learn to pray? By praying! Yet the quietness and stillness that are conducive to spending time alone with God are not appealing in today’s fast-paced society. People are willing to pay money for a gospel concert, but Jesus can’t draw the people when a prayer meeting is called in many churches. Let’s get our priorities straight, brothers and sisters. If Jesus himself spent time in prayer when he was here on earth, how much more do we need to open our hearts to commune with the Lord? If such times of communion have been missing from your life, you can begin today!
Read 1 Timothy 2:1-8.