Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to share on the importance of prayer as our foundation.
Below are a few excerpts from this teaching. I pray it will bless and benefit you as well.
1. God has specifically called His house a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7).
The Lord has not primarily named His house a house of evangelism, service, missions or healing. He called us His house of prayer first and foremost because prayer must undergird all we do for God’s Kingdom.
2. Each believer has a part to play both individually and in community gatherings.
If each individual pursues an intimate relationship with Christ, our gatherings of prayer, worship and ministry will flourish and be far more effective. If we come to a corporate gathering hoping to instantly connect with God without seeking Him in secret, it will be difficult for us to be in unity with God and others in the Body.
3. If individuals grow in unity with God personally (through an active relationship with Him), we will also grow in unity together as the Body of Christ.
I firmly believe this is a crucial requirement for us to be unified as a Body as Jesus prayed for us to be: “That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me” (John 17:21 AMPC).
4. All we do for God flows from the quality of relationship we cultivate with Him.
Our effectiveness as a Body in intercessory prayer, community outreach and all other Kingdom endeavors is directly related to whether we are growing in intimacy with Jesus.
We must reach in to God to have something of eternal value to pour out to others.
5. The Word of God is must be our go-to for truly effective intercession.
His words are spirit and are truly life-giving (John 6:63.) His words never return void (Isaiah 55:11). We must rely on His Word and Spirit because we do not always know how to pray for people or situations. We want to be careful not to pray with our own understanding, opinions or emotions, instead seeking God’s will with a humble and teachable heart.
For example, say a friend is facing a trial. We often want to pray for the trial to be over right then and there, but God may be working something else in your friend’s heart to reap an even greater reward than rapid breakthrough. If you take time to seek His will for her, you may find God actually leading you to pray for her faith to trust He is working things in her favor even through these trying circumstances.