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Are you a praying person?

September 14th, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

One of the clear marks of a true Christian is that they pray . . . a lot!

After his unexpected and radical conversion, the notorious Saul of Tarsus began to pray.In fact, when the Lord sent Ananias to go to him with words of encouragment, He said, “Behold, he is praying” (Acts 9:11).

Are you known as a person of prayer? The Bible tells us that we are to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

We should pray always

This verse tell us we should be praying with “all prayer.”

We use the word “pray” a lot. It is a pretty general term. But know this–you can pray publically and privately, verbally and silently. You can be kneeling, standing, sitting, laying down, or even driving. You can pray with your eyes open or closed!

You can pray anywhere!

The main thing is to pray! You can pray in any position, at any time, anywhere.

Sometimes we think that the Lord will hear our prayers better if they are prayed in a church building. But that is not necessarily true.

  • Daniel prayed in a lion’s den.
  • David prayed in a field.
  • Peter prayed in (and on) the water.
  • Jonah’s prayer was heard from the belly of a whale!

Surely God will hear your prayer wherever you are. The main thing is that you are “praying always.”

Don’t stop praying

The word “all” in this verse speaks of the frequency of prayer–morning, afternoon, and evening. We are to “pray without ceasing, for this is the will of God . . . ”

Daniel had enemies who set a trap for him because they knew he prayed. So what did he do after this decree was signed that no one could pray to God?

“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God” (Daniel 6:10).

Do your enemies know you pray? Let’s all look for opportunities to pray this week.

5 Responses to “Are you a praying person?”

  1. troy says:

    all i want to say is less of me and more of him , more of him and less of me . he is everything without him i have nothing . i love these .

  2. patsy says:

    Prayer is the power in the Christians life to move things, accept things or be content in all things. I thank God for prayer. It’s my communication with God and He communicates to me thru my prayer. I praise Him for the awesome privilege of Prayer. “I am confident that He is able to keep that which I have committed to him this day!” THANKS! Still praying4thelauries.

  3. Anonymous says:

    To answer your question:

    Do my enemies know I pray? I think so.

    But what they don’t know is that I pray for their salvation – as they keep doing what they’re doing, still, I don’t wish them in hell for all eternity. And besides, Jesus said to “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” The “love” and “bless” parts are the hardest for me, but I can pray for them.

    I almost didn’t post this because I was embarrassed – I figure most Christians have already mastered this, but I’m still learning how to love and bless my enemies – people who are out to destroy me. Maybe others are still learning this too, so I’ll go ahead and post it – maybe someone out there will know that there is another person out here who is not perfect at this yet either.

  4. CarryTheWord says:

    Thanks for the reminder Pastor Greg. We need to pray without ceasing now more than ever.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi pastor Greg,
    I was at Harvest yesterday and I heard you speak on this message. I have to say it was great and it really spoke to me. I’m glad you mentioned about praying while driving, because I do it everyday (with my eyes open) and why some prayers aren’t answered. This message was just what I needed. Thank you:)

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