Truth be told, there is a realistic lack of prayer time not only in the church, but in it is leadership. It is not that people don’t necessarily want to pray. It is not that people don’t pray, but it is the quality of the prayer and the time spent in prayer that is the concern. There should not be less prayer, but more prayer. The encouragement needs to come from those who do pray effectively to those who don’t pray very much. The focus is to change the deficit of prayer. There needs to be a will to overcome the tendency not to pray. The busyness of schedules prevents the most needed thing of all…Prayer Time. A mind to pray is what is needed.
There needs to be a purpose for prayer. There needs to be an intentional time to pray. Incentive, Initiation, and Desire, are words that describe what it takes to actually enter into a quality prayer time. A greater prayer life takes time, and is progressive. Start your day with prayer. Set your prayer times to pray and keep it. The results will lead to more prayer.
Some of the things that prayer produces:
- A greater relationship with Jesus.
- A greater understanding of His will.
- A growing sensitivity to the leading of the Spirit of God.
- A greater recognition of His presence.
- Problems are revealed by the Lord, along with what it takesto resolve them.
- A greater understanding (revelation) of who God is and of His Word.
- A greater leadership ability.
- True effectiveness comes through intimacy with God.
- Quality of what is done for the Lord is improved.
- Revival in you, your church, and those around you.
Pastor Phillip Hofstetter, Guest Writer
District Prayer Coordinator, Florida District
(Information from: The Praying Life Newsletter – World Network of Prayer – firstname.lastname@example.org)