“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
One of the very real reasons for prayerlessness in the Church is our failure to realize our dependence upon Jesus. We want to try it our way first, and then pray when our way gets us in trouble. One of the most practical aspects of prayer is the way it teaches us to lean upon the Lord. Ronnie Floyd, in How to Pray, says there are two critical aspects to remember about prayer: 1) Prayer occurs when you depend on God and 2) Prayerlessness occurs when you depend on yourself.
A praying church is a church that has learned to depend upon God. A praying Christian is one who has learned to depend upon God. The crying need of our day is not more religious activity, but for Christians who will trust the Lord and serve Him out of a greater dependency upon Him.
Father, forgive me for trying to do Your work in my own strength. Teach me to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers. Help me to walk in complete dependence upon You.
–Adapted from Asleep in the Land of Nod (Thirty Days of Prayer Towards Awakening the Church) by David Butts Day 29 Pg. 46
Praise the sovereign Lord who cares for his sheep (Ezek. 34:11). Thank the Lord for shepherding you, caring for you in his rich pasture (34:14). Confess times of wandering away from the side of the Good Shepherd. Commit yourself to rejoicing in the bounty he provides for you. Ask God to help you be a blessing with the blessings you’ve been given.
Pray that your church’s care-giving and fellowship efforts will be led by faithful shepherds who care for the flock (34:1-10). Ask God to give them compassionate diligence to strengthen the weak, heal the sick, and bind up the injured (34:4).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend