In 1912, Oswald Chambers wrote, “Prayer does not equip us for greater works — prayer is the greater work.”
Why do we pray? As a Christian community, as a church family, why do we pray?
We pray because our God invites us to pray. He desires that we speak with him, that we bring him our praise and thanksgiving, our confession of sin and our hurts, our petitions for others and ourselves — everything that concerns us. And the more we pray, the closer we become to God. In prayer, in real prayer, we begin to talk like God and think like God. We desire the things he desires, we love the things he loves, we want the things he wants. We begin to see things from his point of view when we earnestly pray.
And it’s critical that the church prays. It’s paramount to our faith that we pray together. Praying together binds us together. Praying for one another connects us. Praying promotes spiritual unity and brotherly love.
Charles Finney wrote in 1835, “Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.”
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:16