Saturday, January 20, 2007

Why Aren't Churches Praying MORE?

Does your church have a corporate weekly prayer meeting?

If yes, great!

If no, why not?

Is this a symptom of a serious spiritual sickness? Is this not an indicator of lukewarmness?

If your church does have one, do you attend? If your church does not, have you ever considered starting one?

See this quote from Charles Spurgeon from his sermon, The Kind of Revival We Need:

"It is good for us to draw nigh unto God in prayer. Our minds are grieved to see so little attention given to united prayer by many churches. How can we expect a blessing if we are too idle to ask for it? How can we look for a Pentecost if we never meet with one another, in one place, to wait upon the Lord? Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians."

I know it is easy to point out all the problems with the church today but I also am convinced there is something we can do about it.

We can get together and PRAY.

What is holding us back?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Steve said...

Great post.

A couple of years ago this same thought hit our church. With some minor teeth-pulling, we began to gather and prayer once a week, which then led to twice a week.

It's been a good thing for our church.

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our church does have a weekly prayer meeting followed by a meal. It is a wonderful faith building/community building thing, but it always saddens me that so few come. The same people are there each time, which is great, but most people are "too busy" to come.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the reason we do not pray as we ought is a lack of intimacy with the Savior. As in a marriage when the relationship is suffering it is always because we are not building intimacy with our spouse. Communication is the key. The most important aspect of any Christian's life is his or her relationship to Jesus. When communication begins to fail so does intimacy and the pleasure of the relationship. I believe it is with Christ as well. He is more important to us than any other person or thing in our lives and yet, as with me, I take Him for granted so often. I do not believe however He is not there to speak to me. It is just that I am to full of myself to hear Him.
HK

2:17 PM  
Blogger Kennyo said...

Hank,

I think you are right. Sometimes we are not comfortable being in God's presense. This can cause us to avoid Him at times.

It is my hope that the church would come together more often to pray, more earnestly.

4:05 PM  

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