'I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer.' 1 Timothy 2:8 NIV
When Paul was training Timothy up in ministry, he kept going back over and over this one point: prayer. Have a read of 1 Timothy 2:1–10. Paul was keen to hammer home to Timothy the need for prayer, particularly in Church—that is, with others, banded together. When we bring everything before God in prayer, we’re including Him in our adventures, our trials and our future. When we do that as a group we’re on to something powerful. Something that fixes us together and fixes us into God’s plans. Without including God in our adventures, trials and future, we end up being a church of people, not a Church of God. Prayer reminds us that we’re not able to do this stuff alone; that the Holy Spirit is desperately needed. When you think of prayer, is it a quick end of the day job or a rushed word before a meal? Or is it a shoulder–to–shoulder cry of the Church, longing to get closer to God and get Him out there into the world? In Isaiah 56:7 NIV, the Lord’s house is described as a ‘…house of prayer for all nations.’ Prayer changes things, across the whole world. It’s also one of the things that unites the Church, globally. So, let’s get serious about praying for the Church, and as the Church, today. Text two different people from your church, your workplace or your neighbourhood and ask if there’s anything in their lives right now they’d like you to pray for.
SoulFood: Josh 14-15, Mark 11:1-11, Ps 20, Prov 23:10-12
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