Today we are going to talk about prayer in the church.
There are seven marks of a praying church.
Let’s examine what they are :
- Most member have a strong devotional prayer life, they are also committed to praying for other.
- The church members have a biblical understanding of who God is, and how they can relate personally through prayer. (They are doers of the word; not just hearers)
- The leaders are praying people, they set an example of prayer for the congregation.
- Prayer has become a way of life. Prayer permeates every ministry within the church, and every outreach of the church.
- Corporate prayer meetings are given high priority in the lives of the church leadership, and congregation.
- Spending time in the presence of the Lord will produce humility, purity, unity, compassion, and Christlikeness in the lives of leaders and the congregation.
- God’s presence will fill His house. The single most distinguishing characteristic of a “house of prayer” is that it is filled with the tangible presence of God. A lack of spiritual appetite in the congregation is replaced by spiritual hunger.
Unbelievers hearts should be touched and converted by the life-giving messages preached from the pulpit. The spiritual objectives of the church begin to move forward, not so much by human ingenuity and hard work, but by the supernatural assistance of God’s Holy Spirit. Striving ceases; it often seems that more is accomplished with less effort.
With this being said; it is very important that we know the definitions to Prayer, Praise, and Worship.
Prayer: To commune with God; the sincere desire of the heart; to make a request and/or confession. Scripture references: Matthew 5:44-45, 21:18-22, Philippians 4:6, James 5:15-16. And of course Jesus Model Prayer: Matthew 6:5-15
Worship: To honor, and reverence; to praise and serve God.
So I ask the question; How do we serve God? The answer is by serving others.!!
Scripture references: Worship the One True God, Exodus 34:14, Luke 4:8
Worship God in Spirit, and in Truth: John 4:20-24
Praise: To say good things about someone or something. (admiration); God’s people can praise him by singing, praying, and by living the way He tells us to live.
Scripture reference: Organizing of Praise & Worship Leaders, 1 Chronicles 16:4-7, Songs of praise, Psalm 103; 104; 145-150.
It is very important that we know how to talk to God, (prayer) how to give him all the reverence, how to praise and serve Him.(worship) The above definitions and scriptures should help us with our daily walk with God.
The bible teaches us that prayer changes things. It also teaches that we have not because we ask not. We have to believe, take it to God in prayer, and then step out on faith. because faith without works is dead.
To God Be The Glory In All Things
Rev./Evangelist Shelia Benjamin~Gholston
C.B. Helping Hands Ministries
February 12, 2014