A Well-Kept Secret
“We will see an explosion of God’s presence as a result of the prayers of His people.”- Dr. Tony Evans
People like to be in on secrets. Most people enjoy knowing something that others do not. Most folks will tell you quickly that they can be trusted to keep a secret. However, that is not what generally happens. Often, those who are told secrets cannot keep that secret to themselves. There is an area of our spiritual life that I cannot wait to tell you more about.
One of the most underutilized spiritual privileges available to all believers is prayer. If I did not know better, I would think that the power and privilege of prayer is a well kept secret because so few really utilize it in their daily lives. However, God never intended for us not to know about prayer and its power for living.
In fact, prayer is not optional for the believer. Look below at these verses to better understand this:
It is an act of devotion
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 - Everyone is devoted to something, most of us are devoted to more than one thing. When we choose to make something a priority we are willing to sacrifice for it. When you freely give your time to something you are devoted to it.
It is a continual act
“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Prayer is a relationship. Praying without ceasing is like communicating with God on one line while also taking calls on another.
It is an act of necessity
“But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Luke 5:16 - If Christ, God incarnate, found it necessary to often slip away and pray, how much more necessary is it for us to follow His example.
I am convinced that it is time for Christians everywhere to understand the command, the obligation, and priority to pray. It is time for us to get in the battle for our families, our kids, our church, and this culture by getting on our knees and calling out to God.
Most of the great movements of God can be traced to a small group of praying people! For example, the last great awakening in this country occurred between the years 1857-1859. History tells us that this revival began with prayer.
In New York, a businessman by the name of Jeremiah Lanphier started a small prayer group that met daily. It did not take long for this small group to begin to grow. Within a short time, almost 10,000 people would meet daily to pray for revival.
Indeed, spending time with God is life changing for an individual and for a corporate body of believers. Would you join our staff here at Metrolina in praying for our students, staff, and families as never before? Prayer was never intended to be a well kept secret but instead God’s design was for it to be our most treasured spiritual discipline.