February
27
2017

Be Devoted to Prayer Part 2

Be Devoted to Prayer

Romans 12:12 … rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer …

As I have weighed the obstacles to prayer that I could address, some of them fall under the question, WHY pray? And some of them fall under the question HOW pray.

WHY Pray?

I start with three brief answers to WHY we should be devoted to prayer.

1. The Bible tells us to pray and we should do what God says. This text, along with many other says, “Be devoted to prayer.” If we are not we are disobedient to the scriptures. That is foolish and dangerous. If prayer doesn’t come easy for you, consider yourself normally fallen and sinful with the rest of us. Then fight for this.

2. The needs in your own life, and in your family, and in this church and other churches, and in the cause of world missions, and in our culture at large are huge and desperate. In many cases heaven and hell hang in the balance, faith or unbelief, life and death. Remember Paul’s grief and anguish for his perishing kinsmen in Romans 9:2, and remember that in Romans 10:1 he prays for them earnestly, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” Salvation hangs in the balance when we pray. You will not know what prayer is for until you know that life is war.

3. A third reason to pray is that God acts when we pray. And God can do more in five seconds than we can do in five years. What an important lesson to feel fretful and eager to get to work immediately because I have so much to do I don’t know how I can get it all done, but to force myself to get on my knees to pray before I work, and while on my knees, to have ideas tumble to my mind for how to handle a problem, or shape a message, or deal with a crisis, or solve a theological problem—and so to save myself hours and hours of work trying to figure out what came in five seconds of illumination! I don’t mean that God spares us hard work. I mean prayer can make your work 5,000 times more fruitful than you can make it alone. From the pen of John Piper, December 2002.

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