Pastor Laurie Barnes, Pastor of Prayer and Congregational Care writes:
Last spring, the Tuesday morning Christian Believer class started a list of the things we knew about prayer. Here is the beginning of our list. What would you add to it?
- Prayer works!
- Prayers are answered – not always the way we WANT them to be answered. They are answered yes or no or not yet
- Dialogue with God
- Jesus prayed
- Jesus modeled (deceptively) simple prayers. We are praying more than we realize in the Lord’s Prayer
- Individual and community
- Power of prayer
- Prayers rising like an offering to God
- More you do it, the more you do it.
- Prayers can be without words (Romans 8:26-27)
- Thank Him for everything
- Prayers are a place for confession (1 John 1:9)
- Sentence prayers can be offered throughout the day
- There is a time/place for private prayer (Matthew 6:5-6)
- In the Lord’s Prayer…
–we are praying “Our Father”
–Hallowed means honoring God
–the word “I” isn’t in the Lord’s prayer
–“Thy Kingdom come” – I am part of making that happen
–Kingdom implies a God is a King
- Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.
- “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Compiled by the 2007-2008 Tuesday morning Christian Believer clas