Voices from the Past:
“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” — Brother Lawrence, 17th Century Monk
“Solitude is a means of spiritual education. Seek it; ordain it; cherish it; value it not for its own sake, but for faith’s sake, and Christ’s sake…” —Bishop Huntington, 19th Century Bible Scholar
Three Keys to a Practical Prayer Encounter
Key One: The ________________ of Prayer
Key Two: The ________________ of Prayer
Key Three: The ____________ of Prayer
Key One: The _________________ of Prayer
You of this generation, consider the word of the LORD…Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number. — Jeremiah 2:31a-32 (NIV)
…We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. — Acts 6:4 (NKJV)
Voices from the Past:
“The real victory in all… service is won… beforehand, by prayer… Service is [merely] gathering up the results.” — S. D. Gordon, Early 20th Century Bible Teacher
The Threefold Value of Making Prayer a Priority
1. Prayer contributes to our spiritual ___________.
The ________________ Value!
Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. — 1 Peter 2:2-3 (MSG)
2. Prayer contributes to our spiritual _______________.
The ______________ Value!
But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. — Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
3. Prayer contributes to our spiritual ________________.
The _______________ Value!
There was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there. He was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer. — Acts 10:1-2 (MSG)
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. — Luke 18:1 (MSG)
AFTERTHOUGHTS… PONDER AND PRAY
Ponder why you think it is that so few Christians make prayer a daily priority. In what ways do you think daily prayer contributes to our spiritual growth and maturity? Journal your thoughts in the space that follows.
Ask God to show you what obstacles or circumstances hinder you from making prayer a daily priority. Declare, in prayer, your desire to keep a daily appointment with Jesus to sustain a consistent devotional habit.