A Word for the Year
THIS YEAR, I want to spend more time learning about intercessory prayer. But I don’t want to just learn about it, I want to spend more time doing it. And I want us as a church to grow in this area as well.
In his book on prayer, John Onwuckekwa likens prayer to breathing. He writes, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
Think about how essential it is to breathe. You can’t exist without it. Everything you do depends on breathing. It enables every activity you do. So it is with prayer. It is the oxygen of the church. It is what sustains us. There is no activity in the church that is not dependent on prayer.
At the same time, there is nothing that can cause a Christian to feel guilty like the lack of prayer E. M. Bounds wrote, “So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times – little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is worse than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salvo for the conscience, a farce and a delusion. The little estimate we put on prayer is evident from the little time we give to it.” Guilty as charged!
This is the reason I have chosen this as “the word for the year.” It is because I need to grow in this area myself. I give too little time to prayer. It is work and it is work that I often neglect for other more visible things on my “to do” list.
So…expect to see more blog posts on this topic. If you want to read along with me, I will be reading a variety of books on this topic in the coming year. I am starting with Prayer by John Onwuckekwa.
So…expect to hear of opportunities for us to join together in prayer. I would love to see us make a collective commitment to seek the Lord through extraordinary prayer and for WEFC to become a house of prayer.
Join us for prayer this Saturday (1/12) from 9:00 to 10:30.
I am grateful to know that when we turn to God in prayer, our gracious Heavenly Father is eager to meet us and remind us of his everlasting love.
Let us pray!