Throughout the history of the Christian church, prayer has been viewed as the chief means of grace. This is because the primary understanding of faith is that of a relationship between God and us. Prayer is the means by which we establish and maintain our relationship with God.
Prayer is the means of grace which nurtures our individual walk with God, but it is also the means which creates and sustains the life of the church. Jesus said that God’s house was intended to be a “house of prayer.” So, whether it be our personal discipleship or our corporate life together, prayer is at the heart of it.
This “Let Us Pray” post is intended to provide an exploration into “prayer in the Bible” with the hope that our study of these prayers will enrich and strengthen our personal and corporate life in Christ. We will move sequentially through the Bible.
Needless to say, it will take quite a while to complete this exploration. And we cannot even predict with certainty if we’ll get all the way through. But we make our good-faith beginning, and we trust that God will guide us all along the way.
As with any of the weekly thematic posts, this one may provide an opportunity for you to gather with a small group of your friends. In a very simple way, you can meet each week to ask, “Which of the prayers we’ve explored this week meant the most to you? Why was it so for you? And….how do you see yourself living out the intention of that prayer?” And most importantly, you can gather to pray together, asking that God will take the prayers of the Bible and use them to increasingly make your life a prayer.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6) Paul prayed this prayer for the Romans and I’m praying likewise for you today. Please join me in praying this scripture for Steve as we begin this exploration into “prayer in the Bible,”recognizing that endurance, encouragement and unity come from having the mind of Christ.