“Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief.” -John Piper
Sunday Mornings at 8:45 AM | Pre-Service Prayer at the church
Tuesday Mornings at 6:30 AM | Remedy Office
Prayer is essential to the believer’s life. Prayer is like air to the lungs – necessary, constant, both automatic and purposed; without prayer, we die. Through prayer we acknowledge our need for God, for His strength, for His wisdom, for His intervention, and for His grace. It is through prayer that we, by His divine and sovereign will, move the heart of God to save.
Prayer is not a hotline for instant answers or God’s Google. Prayer is the means for mission and God’s design to move His mission forward for His glory. God chooses to use us in the process of mission and mission keeps us dependent on Him. Mission keeps us in prayer.
God is the only one who can accomplish and complete the mission. He is the only one who can redeem and restore. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). God establishes His church, not man (Matthew 16:18).
If we find ourselves unmotivated to pray, it may be we have lost sight of our purpose and mission in life:
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:18-19
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 1 Timothy 2:1-8
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. Mark 1:35-39
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 22:29-31
This short segment from a sermon by David Platt summarizes the importance of prayer; I hope you find it encouraging: