Remedy Church believes that Jesus is the Senior Pastor, the Chief Shepherd and the Head of the Church; that we are His Bride and He is the One who establishes the Church, the One who sustains Her and builds Her up. We are completely dependent on Him for direction and strength. It is our desire as individual followers and as a corporate Body to seek and follow His lead through study of His Word and prayer. We do all things by prayer.
We invite you to pray with us on Sunday mornings before service at 8:45 AM and on Tuesday mornings at the Remedy Office at 6:30 AM. Prayer is also available on Sundays during the second set of worship up front on both sides of the auditorium.
In the Gospels, we learn how important prayer was to Jesus. The Bible records that Jesus went off to pray. He intentionally spent time alone with His Father. In Mark, we see that in the middle of healing people, Jesus left the crowds and went off to pray. When He concluded prayer, He moved on from His current place of ministry and went to another area. This seems to indicate that He sought the Father’s will on where and when to move His ministry.
Jesus was dependent on prayer for direction. He was dependent on prayer for comfort at His darkest times (in the Garden of Gethsemane) and when making significant decisions (when He chose His disciples in Luke 6:12-16). Jesus prayed when preparing to leave His followers (John 17) and He prayed while on the Cross (Luke 23:34). Jesus demonstrated His dependence on prayer.
The disciples saw the importance of prayer in Jesus’ life. They witnessed His dependency, forsaking sleep and waking early to spend time with His Father. They observed not only the power, the purpose, and the peace of prayer, but they also sensed the incredible intimacy that Jesus had with His God and Father. After one of these prayer times, the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
Jesus taught the disciples to pray in Luke 11:
- He taught them that prayer was about an intimate relationship with God the Father because a personal relationship with God was a new revelation for them. Later, it became clear that all believers have received the Spirit of adoption by which they cry out “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)
- He taught the disciples that prayer was not about them but about God and told them to pray, “hallowed be thy name..” Prayer is designed to put God on display, bring Him glory, and fill us with a longing for His kingdom here on earth. Prayer promotes God’s kingdom so that this earth reflects His glory and brings Him honor. Prayer is not a wish list or a shopping list but an earnest seeking of God’s will and honor.
- Jesus taught the disciples that prayer should happen often and is an act of submission or dependency: “Give us each day our daily bread…”
- He continues His teaching by telling a story about persistence in prayer and God’s faithfulness to give only good gifts to His children.
The teaching on Prayer continues in the Epistles:
- We are to pray for others
- We are to give thanks to God
- Prayer will give us strength
- Prayer is a spiritual weapon for warfare
- Prayer is to be constant (without ceasing)
- Prayer is always with thanksgiving
- Prayer is God’s delivery service of peace
Prayer is the way we begin and continue our relationship with God. We cry out to Him in our brokenness, we repent, we praise and give thanksgiving. We seek knowledge, understanding, and discernment through prayer. We ask for daily sustenance; we pray for guidance, strength, and protection. In short, prayer is to our walk with Jesus as air is to our lungs. Prayer is a necessity. Without prayer we lose sight, strength, will, and desire.
Without prayer there is pride and strife, but where there is prayer, there is peace. Prayer acknowledges our dependency on God. Prayer takes us off the throne of our lives and puts us in the right place of submission to Him.
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36
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. Mark 1:35
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, Colossians 1:3
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, Ephesians 6:18
At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison– Colossians 4:3
pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62:6-7