Stratford Community Bible Church


The Absolute Necessity of Prayer
By: Pastor Bill Nesbitt
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

How important is God to you?  How much do you love Him?  How much do you depend on Him?   If we could see how many minutes or hours we have logged into our prayer lives, we could answer those questions.  While we can’t determine that for someone else unless they tell us, we can determine that for ourselves.

Think about this: if you don’t’ talk to your spouse they will not feel loved.   You can say all the right things as a Christian.  You can shout amen during the sermon and raise your hands in praise but if you don’t spend much time in prayer, do you love God the way you say you do? Say it all you want, but actions speak louder than words.

John Wesley said he thought very little of a man who did not pray four hours every day.  If that is true, then he wouldn’t think much of me.    I need to pray more.  The great men and women of God over the years have all been prayer warriors; and while we may not live up to John Wesley’s standard, will you agree with me that we can do better?  If we knew the fruit it would produce, the souls that would be saved, the answers to prayer we would see, and the peace we would have in hard times, then we would be on our knees every day. 

Prayer is as necessary to the Christian life as someone in a boat in the middle of a lake who needs a paddle.  You will go nowhere without a paddle, and a Christian goes nowhere in their relationship with God without prayer.   Here are a couple of things I want you to consider concerning your prayer life:

  1. Spend much time in confession and praise. Consider Daniel’s prayer in Daniel chapter 9 and Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah chapter 1.   Confession and praise came before petition.  Someone once wrote that the believer is not qualified to bring their requests to God until they confess their sins (1 John 1:9).

God loves His children and wants to bless them but he will not if they walk in sin (Ps. 66:18).  There is no reconciliation without repentance, nor is there answered prayer.   Allow the discipline of God and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to lead you to confession (John 16:8).  Consider the character of God and praise His name along with thanksgiving for the many blessings you have received based on His grace.  Then present your requests.

  1. 2. Present your requests. Too often we just ask for things.  Even if they are good things we have to approach God properly with a right heart attitude.   Pray for spiritual things first before material things.   6:33-34 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”   Trust that He will give you what you need (I Tim. 6:8).

As we mentioned before if you say, “I can’t remember the last time I talked to my spouse longer than five minutes”, what does that say about your marriage?  If you say, “I can’t remember the last time I prayed for more than five minutes”, what does that say about your relationship with God?”

Do you love God?  Spend time with Him.   Pray with your spouse.  Pray alone in your prayer closet.  Pray as you drive to work.  We may not have four hours to pray, but we can do better.

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