Prayer

“My house will be called a house of prayer.” Matthew 21:13

Of all the spiritual disciplines, prayer may be one of the least understood among Christians. Yet, based on the lives of many of the saints, it is considered to be one of the most critical aspects of a Christian’s life. God has intended for prayer to be one of the primary means of building his kingdom and for communicating and developing intimacy with him. Developing a fervent and consistent prayer life is essential in the growth of every Christian.

The fact that the disciples came to Jesus and asked him to teach them to pray indicates that it is a learned skill. Being a Christian does not mean that we somehow immediately know how to pray. This question being asked by the disciples would also indicate that they had witnessed this discipline in Jesus’ life and they recognized it to be a significant aspect in his relationship to his father.

In the same way a young child learns to speak by being taught, and by being around those who know how to speak, so we must learn to pray. This process of teaching and praying with others is the approach being used by the Prayer Ministry to build a house of prayer within Cedar Springs.

"No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack." E.M. Bounds