The Importance of Prayer

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Staff & Ministry Leaders

In the revised edition of Spurgeons Morning and Evening, the author writes of Jesus that “He is also very jealous of our company. There should be no one with whom we converse so much as with Jesus. To remain in Him alone, this is true love; but to commune with the world, to find sufficient satisfaction in our earthly comforts, to even prefer the company of our fellow Christians to secret fellowship with Him, this grieves our jealous Lord.”[1] What a goal to aspire to!

Prayer is such a private and personal experience that I think often we can’t really describe it to someone else, and perhaps that is how it should be most of the time. I also believe that our Western-Americanized Christianity allows us to hide from the need and opportunity to pray with our brothers and sisters. We are worse for it.

As Pastor Dave has emphasized community these past weeks, what better way to build community than to pray with one another. When we do, we can get past the superficial shiny parts we don’t mind others seeing and to the places where we really live. That place may be bruised and sore; it may be lonely and hurt; or it might be a source of shame. Whatever it is, there is someone who will come alongside you and together you can call on Jesus’ name.

As a new Sunday school class on prayer begins in a couple of weeks my hope is that GCC becomes a praying church. A church that prays expecting great things to happen, and one that is excited to see what God will do through us.

Written by Tim Howard

Prayer Ministry Director

[1] Spurgeon, C.H. Morning and Evening. Revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Good News Publishers:2003


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