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The Necessity of Prayer


Before prayer ever starts toward God; before its petition is preferred, before its requests are made known -- faith must have gone on ahead; must have asserted its belief in the existence of God; must have given its assent to the gracious truth that "God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek His face."

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Prayer and The Gospel


One of the most basic things that the gospel does is change prayer from mere petition to fellowship and the praise of his glory. Galatians 4:6-7 teaches us that when we believe the gospel, we not only become God's children legally, but we receive the Spirit in order to experience our sonship. The Spirit leads us to call out passionately to God as our tender and loving Father.

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Excuses for not Praying


Although abstractly I may affirm the importance of prayer, in reality I may treat prayer as important only in the lives of other people, especially those whom I judge to be weaker in character, more needy, less competent, less productive. Thus, while affirming the importance of prayer, I my not feel deep need for prayer in my own life. I may be getting along so well without much praying that my self-confidence is constantly being reinforced. That breeds yet another round of prayerlessness. 

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Being Intentional with Prayer


God has taught me quite a few things as I've developed my prayer routine. As I have prayed on a consistent basis for the people God has brought into my life I've seen how sensitive I become toward them; especially in reference to the needs in their life that I'm praying about. In Colossians 4:2 Paul says, "Devote yourself to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving." Prayer keeps us alert and I've seen the fruit of that alertness in my life.

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