The Necessity of Prayer

“O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2, KJV).

“By prayer the bitterest enemies of the Gospel have become its most valiant defenders, the greatest scoundrels—the truest sons of God, and the vilest women—the purest saints! Oh, the power of prayer to reach down, down, down where hope itself seems vain, and lift men and women up, up into fellowship with and likeness to God! It is simply wonderful!”  (R.A. Torrey, How to Pray)

Throughout church history the greatest revivals have typically followed periods of spiritual darkness. During those periods, small groups of people desperately desired spiritual awakening. Prayer was viewed as a necessity and not an option.

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt (Click on the link for more information about this resource).

Glorious God, make Yourself known in the midst of Your people!  We are living in times of spiritual darkness, and yet, we have neglected coming to You in prayer.  Draw us to Your heart, Father! Revive us!  We are desperate for a touch from You.

Prayer Points
Praise God for his righteousness. Thank him for the consequences of sin which move you to repentance at the foot of the cross. Confess times of anger when you felt God was not fair. Commit to accepting your circumstances as God’s justice at work which shapes his world. Ask God to help you see his righteous acts as acts of love, designed for you.

Pray for the judges in our courtrooms. Ask that their ability to discern truth will be strong and their wisdom to deal fairly with offenders will be of God.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).