Prayer - A Privilege or a Responsibility?

September 24, 2017 | by: Dave Brown | 0 comments

The answer is yes. Prayer is both a privilege and a responsibility and more.

When I think of prayer as a privilege I think of Philippians 4:6-7 where we read, “do not be anxious about anything, but in every-thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When I think of prayer as a responsibility one of the passages I think of is Ephesians 6:18-20 where Paul directs the Ephesians to pray for other believers and for himself: “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all per-severance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to pro-claim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Prayer is not just a private endeavor. It is a corporate responsibility and opportunity. We do have the privilege to bring everything that’s going on in our lives to God in prayer. But, we also have the responsibility to pray for one another and for the ongoing life of the church.
Let’s pray for Pastor Ross and Louise as they embark on another chapter in their lives. We can start that prayer with thanksgiving to our Father who has given us the privilege of being under their minis-try for the past thirty years.

Let’s pray for Pastor Dan Peters and his wife Diane. Dan will begin his ministry as Interim Pastor on October 1. We are blessed to have a seasoned pastor to join us who is completing twenty nine years of fruitful ministry at Limerick Chapel in Pennsylvania.

Let’s pray for Wake Chapel Church. These are days of challenge and great opportunity at Wake Chapel Church. Pray the Lord will enable us to stand firm “in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27b).

Thankful to be a part of the Body of Christ at Wake Chapel,

David

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