Last week, a few people from church spent some time at the Break Through Renewal Institute that was held at Hubbard UMC. I do think that the people who went found inspiration in all context of the conference. One session that I attended with a couple of people was called breakout prayer.
So, what do we really know about prayer?
I have heard many questions pertaining to this topic such as, how do we do it? Does God hear our silent prayer? Do we need to kneel? Most of all does it work?
I think these are all common questions unless you are a seasoned Christian who prays each day.
I used to have breakfast every Thursday with a group of men at a local diner. The men in this group were mainly retired, and we all came from different denominations. Did I mention that one of the men was a Lutheran Pastor? One of the men, who I will name Bob, was also a Lutheran; he was a business owner and graduated from Concordia in Moorhead. He began telling me the story of how his pastor did not believe in the power of prayer. It made me begin thinking of a good response; one that never did come.
I have always believed in the power of prayer. I have a young friend who has been called into ministry. He tells a story about being on a mission trip around the Philippines. He and his group of young people came across this young girl in the street. As they began speaking to her, they noticed that one of her legs was shorter than the other. She said that it was that way from birth. They started praying for her and as they prayed they noticed her leg was getting better. This is a true story; prayer does work!
I am asking my congregations to start focusing on prayer. MAKE PRAYER INTENTIONAL! When we become intentional, we make it a priority. I believe that we can begin making the world regrow in Christ; we can start seeing the harvest. We need to listen to others and then pray for them. We are people of Christ. We need to pray for those who hurt us, who love us, and most of all the people who need it, and by that, I mean every person in the world.
Here is what 1 John 5:13-17 (CEB) says about prayer.
Confidence in prayer
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of God’s Son so that you can know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us. 15 If we know that he listens to whatever we ask, we know that we have received what we asked from him. 16 If anyone sees a brother or sister committing a sin that does not result in death, they should pray, and God will give life to them—that is, to those who commit sins that don’t result in death. There is a sin that results in death—I’m not saying that you should pray about that. 17 Every unrighteous action is sin, but there is a sin that does not result in death.
Please do not let prayer die; let our hearts be open to those in need.