Fill Up on Prayer

One minute I was going, and the next I wasn’t. I had not driven my truck in a long while, and with hunting season fast approaching, I wanted to take it out for a spin. I was several miles down the road before it happened. My truck died! It was still rolling, but all signs of life were fading fast. Thankfully, I was able to pull over to a safe location to begin my inspection. I checked the battery first. I replaced it, but unfortunately my truck still wouldn’t crank.  I climbed under the truck, checked the fuel pump, and replaced the fuel filter, all with dismal results.
 
After days of unfruitful problem-solving on my part, a friend asked me a silly question, “Does it have gas in the tank?” “Of course it has gas in the tank!” I retorted. To my embarrassment, I found that I was wrong. I had never even looked at the gas gauge! I just started driving. You can’t get very far without a fuel source.
 
Similarly, our churches rely on a fuel source. We are dependent upon God’s help. That is why Prayer is the third attribute of a healthy church that we will mention. Without prayer, we are like a truck without gas. Sadly, the way most churches pray is very similar to how we gas up our vehicles these days: just enough to keep it running. We never fill up all the way because the price is too high. Effective praying comes at a price. It requires commitment, patience, humility, and trust.
 
A church that isn’t consistent in quality prayer time is a church that believes it can function without the help of God. It thinks it is capable of doing the work that it has been called to do. This is, of course, impossible without prayer. Prayer determines our effectiveness and endurance in ministry. It enables us to do the work to which God has called us.
 
Both individual and corporate times of prayer are needed. In Acts 2:42 Luke describes what the early church considered important. He writes, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers.” Prayer was vital to the overwhelming success and effectiveness of early church. The apostle Paul wrote, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Notice he said “in everything.” Healthy churches understand the importance of prayer in every aspect of their lives; in both physical and spiritual concerns. They know where to find the source of their power. Therefore, let us pray fervently and frequently! Let us pay the high price and fill up on prayer because, without it, we will go nowhere and accomplish little for the Kingdom of God.
 

By His Grace

Bro. Brian