1 Timothy 2:1
We need to get the church stoked in prayer. God cares about worship and praise. This altar should be worship and praise! God works through our prayers! God even said to the disciples to watch and pray for one hour. Stay awake for one hour, but God had to remind them!
First we need to be a praying people, before winning the lost, and the men, as head of the household, need to pray! We need to pray in our homes, daycare,hallway, and pray for our children in this dark world!
To the men of this church—God is calling you to pray, lifting holy hands, in our homes, cars, convenience stores, etc. It is God’s will for men to pray everywhere. There is a need to pray with lifted hands.
There may be a situation that will come along that will make us NOT want to pray, but we need to persevere and pray until something happens!!
Elijah was a praying, righteous man and he prayed for a rain cloud. Seven times he prayed and finally God answered that the rain was coming soon. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. Matthew 21:22 says ” And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
The Children of Israel complained before they crossed over and got manna. After they complained, they got meat. After they crossed over they saw the promised land and became a praying people.
Pray everywhere and you will see the effects. We want to be a revival church—on fire, fresh and alive!! We want to see praise reports! If the church REALLY prays, they will be happy because prayers lift oppression!
When the church starts to pray, an aroma goes up to God and He can smell the prayer! Remember to pray without ceasing! David knew that incense was prayers going up to God! Incense and prayer are synonymous with each other! When we pray, it becomes a fragrant cloud to God. Cologne is supposed to attract people so we should want our church to smell good to God!
We want to make our church a fragrant cloud to God.We need a church willing to pray against evil!!