If I were to ask you the question, “What are the most important things you will do today?” I hope your answer would include prayer and Bible study. As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, prayer and Bible study should be at the top of our daily priority list. It is important and something that should not be neglected. When we look at scripture, we see how much of an emphasis Jesus placed on prayer. The disciples noticed and asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 6). Paul also found prayer to be imperative in his ministry, and we can see this in how he prayed for others (Eph 1:15-19, Col 1:3-12). If it was important to them, prayer should play an integral part in our lives and in the life of our church as well.
Here are three practical steps to be more consistent in praying:
- Establish a priority for praying. What does the example of Jesus praying say about our own need to pray? If Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we need to pray?
- Establish a place of prayer. A place does not assure the answer to prayer, but your place might just become that holy place for you.
- Establish a plan of prayer. Get a notebook. Get a list. Get a guide. Get a partner. Do something to plan to pray. (These 3 steps are from Dr. Stephen Horn, pastor of FBC Lafayette, LA.)
The prayer ministry team has a desire to make prayer a focal point for MFBC. This team has just instituted a method of delivering prayer requests to those who desire to be a part of the prayer ministry. Each Monday and Thursday an email with the prayer needs that were shared with the church will be sent to those who desire to intercede for others. If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Christians, we need to be about daily prayer. Praying can make a huge difference in your life and in the lives of those you are praying for. Let’s make prayer a high priority!