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Why We Must Pray

September 28, 2011

When you do something for God, it is more dangerous to succeed at it without praying than to fail at it while praying. 

Through prayer we remind ourselves how much we need God to expand His kingdom.  When we are successful in ministry without prayer we subtly and slowly begin to think that we are sufficient without Him.  We would never say this or edit our creeds to fit this sort of thinking, but it will happen any way without us meaning for it to happen. 

When we pray, we stop our actions for a few moments and in doing so we confess to God and ourselves that our actions are not ultimately important in comparison to God’s actions.  Prayer is the ultimate confession that God is at work in the world, in our lives, and in our ministries.  To trade our prayer for more effort is to confess that ministry is all up to us.  Our stillness in prayer speaks volumes and the message it speaks is one that we must hear daily:  no matter how competent or talented we become, we are in need of God’s unseen hand to be at work for anything to be eternally significant. 

We need daily prayer and not just prayer in times of difficulty.  Those who pray only periodically when in a jam have indicated that God is merely their default when they have tried everything else.  Daily prayer is something different.  It is the confession of a life lived in reliance upon Father, Son, and Spirit.  It is a shaping discipline as a daily reminder that God is needed every moment and in every situation if we are truly going to live for the fame and glory of Jesus. 

If this is true then we pray not only to influence the world, but also to align ourselves with the spiritual reality of our desperate need for God which is a reality that our natural delusions will not allow if we do not confess that need through daily prayer. 

Start today.  You don’t have to become a monk.  Take a few moment and pray for the glory of Christ in your life situations and output.  Then do it again tomorrow.  And the next day.  And the next . . .

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