|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, June 20 2011 06:09|
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers
Teach your men how to pray. Here is the logical starting point for prayer: There is nothing for which we cannot pray, and there is nothing God cannot do. This opens up "everything" as subjects for prayer.
Prayer is the "language" God has made available for us to communicate with Him. It is the "voice" He hears. Prayer allows us to engage God in meaningful conversation.
Prayer is God's designated means of pouring our hearts out to Him, of personal relationship, of communion, of praising and·worshiping Him, of getting our needs met or interceding for others, of ushering the kingdom of God into human affairs.
Prayer is our means to seek and receive forgiveness, pledge allegiance to Jesus, express gratitude for his "goodness and·unfailing love that will pursue me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6 NLT). Prayer is the means of healing, of mercy, of grace, of wisdom and guidance, and of filling by the Holy Spirit.
Though God doesn't answer audibly, the Bible says He does answer when we pray according to His will: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15). Suggest men ask themselves, "Who would know better if a prayer should be answered the way you want -- you or God?" Teach your men to trust that God has their best interests in mind.
Teach men to pray regularly with their wife (if married) or an accountability partner. Tell your married men to try praying with their wife every day. Have your men take "The Marriage Prayer Challenge" at www.themarriageprayer.com.
Prayer is hard work, but it is the only work that releases the power of the kingdom of God into our human actions.
Great Quote: "Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God." --Oswald Chambers.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, PhD
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