My mind began to reel with pride as I thought, “Oh yeah, I’ve got this one.” I often share with others how we are involved with missions, community outreach, and the meeting of people’s needs. Many times I have expressed my appreciation for our pastor’s ability to communicate God’s Word to us. I’ve made known the impact of both our men and lady’s ministries, not to mention our marvelous youth and children’s departments.
I should know my pastor well enough to have realized he was setting us up. He then asked, “How many of you describe us as a church that prays?”
I’m sure there were many deflated egos present… just like mine. Quite frankly, in a day where it seems each local church must compete for memberships by offering every program from sports to pizza night, who would try to entice someone with the statement, “We pray.”
Our pastor mercilessly continued to burst my bubble with the answer, “The early church would have… Paul would have… Jesus would have.”
Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica, “pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17).” The command and not suggestion he gives is for believers to remain in communion with God.
Why wouldn’t we first and foremost identify ourselves as a people who pray? The early church was marked by the fact that they were a praying church (Acts 2:42).
Consider these thoughts. When we rely upon our own efforts, we get what we can do. When we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do! Who is counting on your faithful prayers today?