Every Christian prays some; it’s a biblical command. I Thessalonians 5:17 reads, “Pray without ceasing” or “Pray continually.” Philippians 4:6 directs us “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,” and the next verse (Philippians 4:7) describes the result “And the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
October is Thanksgiving month, and we can never thank God too much. However, one thing that will enhance our sense of gratitude is answered prayer, and we are urged to “Make our requests known unto God.” Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Every Christian prays some, but Christian leaders especially need to pray. People follow leaders, so Christian leaders especially need to follow God as they are responsible not only for themselves but also for those who follow them. At the Pentecostal World Conference in Calgary last August, Rev. Dr. Younghoon Kee, the pastor of the one million member Yoida Full Gospel Church in Korea, said, “Prayer is the key. Without prayer, we cannot expect blessing or success. Prayer is the most important part of our ministry. If we want to be spiritual leaders, we need to spend more time in prayer. Only the Spirit can give life, and only God can truly build the church”. Kee shared how he wanted to grow his first church from fifty-seven members to three hundred. He worked very hard and finally got the church to two hundred and ninety-eight but couldn’t get it to three hundred. Finally, he said, “God, you have to do it – I can’t.” Within a few years, the church grew to twelve hundred members.
Christian friend – please pray. Christian leader – please pray more!