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Leading Your Congregation to Seek God First through Prayer
by Roosevelt Morris
Prayer is work. In the busyness of our daily schedules, how does the local church lead its people to stay on their knees through prayer efforts? Here are a few suggestions about encouraging movements of prayer for spiritual awakening.
• Learn to invite people to pray. Jesus talked to the Father often. He seemed to depend on the power of prayer. A relationship is developed by getting to know the other through constant communication and understanding. We can be encouraged on our faith journeys to practice prayer as Jesus did in His earthly ministry. We can ask God to stir up the heart of the church to see His Kingdom come and not ours.
• Learn to pray. The disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11). God desires for us to talk with Him about anything we want to in life. Matter-of-fact, God answers the prayers of the righteous. We should talk to God about the spiritual conditions of people in our communities, our lives, and our world. As we learn to pray, God speaks to our hearts as we learn about Him. We should move away from the long list of items and seek Jesus fervently about the things that are on the hearts of the people which coincide with the things on the heart of God. We know that God hear and answers prayer.
• Learn to listen. We must learn to listen to God as we develop our relationship with Him. Remember: When two people are talking, one person talks as the other listens. We should be ready to tell others “what God is saying to us” as we commune with God. Now, every local church should answer the question, “What is God saying to us as we seek first His kingdom in our area with the gospel?”
• Learn the Will of God. In order to know the “Will of God” we must study the Word of God, engage ourselves in prayer and worship. It is critical that Christians spend time with God. Jesus said, “Not my will but thy will be done.” God speaks very clearly about the things of His Kingdom and how we can respond in obedience.
• Learn to identify needs. What are the spiritual needs or conditions near your local church? Can you identify ways to provide services for those in your neighborhood? How do you see God using people in your church to reach others by bringing hope, compassion, and belonging to their lives? Each need or service will provide opportunities of prayer and to see God’s hand at work.
• Learn to trust in God. The Hebrew writer says, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). God wants us to depend on Him to bring forth the results. We do not need to help God or serve as agents to answer what only He knows is best for us. In Proverbs, we are encouraged to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and God will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:4-5).
• Learn to be accountable. Prayer allows us to commit our concerns to God with others who believe and trust God to show up. Others can partner with us in prayer about the things of God in our lives as we seek to be genuine followers of Christ. For example, a person may partner with another (preferably, the same gender) about disciplining themselves to spend time with God. Another person may partner with someone about dealing with a vice or stronghold in their life. These persons will join united prayer efforts and hold each other accountable to God with His Word and their encouragement to be like Jesus in all things.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says, “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). We can ask God to help us see others with the eyes of Jesus that His Kingdom may reign in the hearts of all people. Perhaps, you can take a few minutes a day---while driving to work, on the golf course, in the marketplace, or walking in your neighborhood and pray for others and your local church to be on mission with God.