Knowing that a lack of prayer is our declaration of independence from God, we seek to make listening prayer a vital part of our ministry. We are not to be just a church with a prayer ministry-but we are to be a praying church. Prayer is not a ministry of the church but the ministry that brings us into the presence of God so that we can receive his design for us and all ministries of his church.
Pray for Our Needs
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.
Be Bold in Our Requests
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.
Anyone Can Pray
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, here am I, here am I.
Before they call I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Prayer is Also Listening to God
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.
For the times when we sense our prayers our not being answered, we need to search our hearts to discover what hindrances there are in our lives that may be causing this.
It may be:
• For disrespecting partner in marriage 1 Peter 3:7
• Lack of obedience Isaiah 59:1-2
• Lack of faith James 1:6
• Wrong motives James 4:3
• Not helping those in need Proverbs 21:13