Fire up your prayer’s life (Introduction) : Why We Pray
There a few sermon series in my church recently every Sunday about Prayer: Why we should pray? How do we pray? What are the obstacles in praying?
This is the introduction of the first in the series.
Read Luke 18:1.
Why we must pray? Praying is a tool that can be used to get in touch with our Father in Heaven. No sermon, ministry, or any activities that we can do to exchange our relationship with God.
The meaning of praying: We talk to God and God talks back to us. Often we think that praying is a one way communication from us to Him. It is not. It works both ways.
Let’s get back to Luke 18:1-8; Jesus is giving us a parable.
What He wants to tell us to this parable: Pray with honesty in front of God, continually. He always listens to you.
Notes: Lots of lamentation (or expression of the heard) are written in the Psalm.
On the second part of Luke 18, there’s another story about a Pharisee and a Tax Collector. Read Luke 18:9-14.
That is how we should pray, like the Tax Collector. Pray with humility in front of God.
God always wants to talk to us through our prayer. The question is: how can we listen to His voice? Be still and quiet! Sit still! Always read His words! Allocate some time for God! Great leaders in the Bible always gave their best time for God!
Why are there so many Christians who don’t like to pray?
- God’s Answer
Because we always want God’s answer, according to our will (our wish must be fulfilled) and according to our time (not too long, instant)
A prayer usually happens when we depend on God. When we know what we are doing, we usually stop praying or don’t even remember to pray.
- We don’t believe that God can answer our prayer
- No Time/”I’m too busy!”
God has given us 24 hours a day! We often do the most important things (according to us) on that allocated time. The question is: How important is God in our life?
A prayer is a special relationship with God.
“…Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?”
God is able to answer your prayer! He has the power, just as the judge on the parable has power to do so! However, when He answers, it doesn’t mean it’s according to our will. It doesn’t mean He’ll give us what we want!
Sometimes God has answered our prayer, but we often are “selective” in choosing His answer!
However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?