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Our Prayer Life

Matthew 17:20-21

Nothing will be impossible for you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

Pic of Ray 11302014I would like to start a discussion about our prayer life. As I mentioned on Christmas Eve I am calling the church to a 21-day time of prayer and fasting. I believe that for a person or for a church to be healthy they need a solid view of prayer and a solid prayer life. Do you agree?

So, to start the discussion, I want to ask some questions. I would love some responses.  Feel free to e-mail me directly if you’d like at RevRay@fumcl.org or simply respond to this post.

What is your view of prayer? What is it for? What is the reason we do it? Why should we pray?

Where do you pray? Is it important where you pray?

How often do you pray? Is your frequency important?

What do you expect to get from prayer? Do you have an agenda or a product you are after in prayer?

What is God’s part in prayer? Is God an active participant in prayer?

These are just some questions to start our thinking and our discussion. I will try to respond from time to time to the comments made on the blog. You may tackle all of the questions or one of the questions as the Lord lays thoughts on your mind. Refer back to this post from time to time.

Thanks for participating in this open discussion. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 17:14-21 – 14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

How important is your prayer life? Answer the questions above and join me – starting January 5th for our 21-Day Prayer/Fast!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 29, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Questions, Sermons, Theology | , , , ,

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