Yesterday morning, we talked about prayer. Actually, this is the third of five church meetings that have been dedicated to teaching /discussing about prayer.
Interestingly, in all the Scripture that was read, we didn’t find anything that said, “Close your eyes and bow your head.”
Anyway, there were alot of questions raised about prayer, and there were not alot of answers. But, it was still a great time discussing and helping one another with prayer.
The best part, to me, is when two or three people tied prayer back to the gospel. But, they didn’t just tie it back to the “death, burial, and resurrection” part of the gospel – and that is a very important part of the gospel. Instead, they tied it back to living the new life as a result of the gospel – walking in light, abiding in Christ, etc. This is all part of the gospel. We now have the Holy Spirit – as a result and part of the gospel – and the presence of the Holy Spirit completely changes what it means to pray.
We talked about praying continuously (without ceasing) and how specific times of prayer must be tied to that continuous life of prayer. We talked about how to pray for people who are going through specific life situations, with brothers and sisters bringing up people in their lives that they don’t know how to pray for.
It was a great time learning about, being challenged about, and practicing prayer.
(I think the coolest thing of all was when an 80-something year old lady said she learned more about prayer in the last three weeks than in all the sermons she’s ever heard.)