In The Loop: Breaking Through Non-Prayerful Living

Friday, February 27, 2015

It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1)

BREAKING THROUGH NON-PRAYERFUL LIVING

So many times we feel deserted by God, so we don’t trust Him enough to pray. Our pleas aren’t answered in time, so we won’t believe in the accuracy of prayer. We refuse to go beyond the surface because we don’t want to reveal our hurts; and if we’re honest, we lead these non-prayerful lives because we think our lives are, in fact, all together.

When it came to prayer, God never gave us a number, but He did give us a model. Jesus. There was no specific number of times a day or length of time to pray; we are just commanded to pray, with the right attitude and motives. Fervently and without ceasing.

If we look at our example Jesus, we see that His entire life was saturated in prayer. When choosing His disciples, He didn’t check their resumes; He prayed (Luke 6:12-13). Before calling forth Lazarus, He prayed (John 11:40-43). To find peace from the crowds, He retreated to the wilderness and prayed (Luke 5:16). Before feeding the 5,000, He lifted up His eyes, and prayed (Mark 6:41-44).

Everything Jesus did was purposely surrounded in prayer. Can the same be said for us? 

Are we praying in sincerity or for greedy gain? Do we give Him our first fruits, or wait until it’s convenient for us? Are we eager to go to the throne of grace, or too sleepy to give God our time? Do we refuse to pray in our homes, but the first to volunteer to pray on Sunday mornings? These and more questions we want to ponder and answer as we BREAK THROUGH NON-PRAYERFUL LIVING in our Mini-Devotional Series for the month of March!

We have to stop acting like we’re the answer to our prayers and let God do His work! Jesus knew that the Father did the work of answering prayer; He just needed to trust Him to work (“The Father in me does His works,” John 14:10). The purpose of prayer is not to toil and beg to get what we want, but for God to accomplish His perfect will through us.

So, for 4 Mondays in March, beginning, March 9th, we’re asking God to teach us to pray. One of Jesus’ disciples asked this question, because perhaps like many of us, we talk about prayer, but don’t know how to practice it. Well, It’s Time to Break Through!

Here is the breakdown of the lessons:

March 9th – Unbelieving Prayers
March 16th – Impossible Prayers
March 23rd – Public Prayers
March 30th – Disciplined Prayers

Prayer is not just something to talk about; it’s something we do. Prayer is one of our most underused privileges given to us by God, and it is an exercise in surrender and trust in the Holy One.

No matter where you are in your prayer life, we believe that this devotional series will help us BREAK THROUGH our misconceptions, excuses, and neglect of prayer in our lives. We hope that we are able to teach how to develop a more realistic and intimate dependence on the Lord through a more consistent and committed prayer life!

Please join us and invite a friend, family member, or acquaintance, so we can all grow together in the Lord! ☺


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