Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
2 Peter 1:2-4 NKJV
The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. God's one aim is the production of saints. Oswald Chambers
Christ's Church exists to introduce people to Jesus, to help them become like Jesus, to teach them to care for, nurture and shepherd others. These are our core values. We exist to fulfill this God-given mission. This is what being a Christian is all about. This is what prayer is all about.
We each have the privilege, protection and power of prayer as a gift from God to use to accomplish His work. I pray that we may each fully understand the principles, purpose and priority of prayer in every aspect of our ministry.
There is no substitute for prayer. There is no success without prayer. James reminds us that we do not have because we do not ask. Jesus says in John 15:7-8, If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. Prayer glorifies God. Just as prayer was the foundation for Jesus' ministry, it must be ours as well.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. We must come humbly before God and sincerely seek Him in prayer. We must never stop praying.
Prayer is a continual dependence on God, commitment to God, walk with God and service to God. Through prayer we discover the heart and mind of God and become like Christ.
Prayer does not prepare us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work. Oswald Chambers
Everyone can pray, everyone must pray, everyday. When we pray, we come to a Holy God who cares for us, provides for our needs and helps us to finish the work that Jesus began to do during His time on the earth. The purpose of prayer is to help us know God, know His will and do His will. The purpose of prayer is to enable men to partake of the divine nature.
Prayer and a holy life are one. They mutually act and react. Neither can survive alone. The absence of the one is the absence of the other. E. M. Bounds