THE BIG IDEA: One of the most important things that we can do as Christians is to learn to pray. We need to trust in our Heavenly Father who is good, and loves to give good gifts to His children. There is power in prayer!
For some reason, the smallest meeting in every church is the prayer meeting. On Sunday mornings, the whole family of God will gather together for worship and the Word. During the week, there are home groups where dozens of people meet for fellowship and Bible study. Women’s ministry meetings, men’s ministry meetings and youth group meetings are all usually well attended. But the prayer meeting? Not so much.
Now on the Sunday morning when I shared this message with our church family, we had 19 people come out for our pre-service prayer meeting, but that was an exception. Since we started our early morning prayer times about two months ago, we had been averaging around 4-8 people a week.
Why is that? Perhaps it is because people have attended prayer meetings in the past and they didn’t get anything out of it, so they never went back. Or maybe they tried to pray in the past and didn’t see any results, so they concluded that this prayer thing doesn’t work and it’s not for them. Or maybe it’s simply the fact that people don’t know how to pray. I want to change that!
The title for this message is “iPray” which reminds us that God wants all of us to be people of prayer. There are iPods, iPads, and iPhones, but we can’t neglect the most important form of communication: iPray. My hope and prayer is that those of you reading this booklet will come to the end and declare: I pray. Not just the pastor prays. Not just the elders pray. Not just the intercessory prayer team prays. But I pray.
As a child of God, the most important thing we are called to do is have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. But how can we have a relationship with someone that we don’t talk to? God is good. He has made Himself known to us in the person of His son Jesus Christ. More than anything else, He longs to have a relationship with us. He created us to know Him.
The whole story of the Bible is about God seeking a relationship with mankind. From the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and God said, “Where are you?” when He came looking for them, to the Book of Revelation where Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:20). The heart of God is to know people, and for us to know Him. Jesus has called us to be with Him in the place of prayer, so let’s respond!
Dr. Myles Munroe said, “Prayer meetings in the church have become relegated to a few old ladies who have nothing else to do… (but) Prayer is meant to be one of the most exciting aspects of a life of faith. It has the power to transform lives, change circumstances, give peace and perseverance in the midst of trials, alter the course of nations, and win the world for Christ.” (Making the Connection: A Study on Praying with Purpose and Authority).
Trust me, that’s not boring!
Pastor Chris Jordan