Why You Should Not Attend Prayer MeetingReason 1: I know all there is to know about prayer.
Look, I've been praying for most of my life so what else is there to know about prayer? I know the Lord's Prayer by heart and have prayed it at least a thousand times. I have even attended Bible college where I learnt to pray it in Greek. I have also attended numerous conferences on prayer and have read countless books on it.
When others pray, I can pick out their mistakes at once. Instead of hearing their heart cry to God I zoom in on their theological and grammatical mis-takes and intercede on their behalf so that their misguided prayer may gra-ciously be brought before God.
Reason 2: There is no need for anyone other than me to pray for my loved ones who need Christ.
Let's face it: we are all busy people who are trying the best we can. I should not bother you with my prayer requests and neither you me with yours. The responsibility to pray for the salvation of our loved ones rests solely on our shoulders. Even if I should feel discouraged or alone in praying for them and see no result years on end, I need to press on for no one will pray for them otherwise.
Reason 3: I do not need encour-agement from others to pray.
I am confident that left to myself, I can sustain a disciplined and regular prayer life. After all, I have preached many times on the importance of prayer and have shared about my prayer routine that I have kept for the last seven years. Although it would be nice to hear regularly how God has been faithful in answering the prayers of others, I do not need such encouragement because I am a pillar of faith in the community.
What you have just read is meant to provoke questions and challenge our assumptions about prayer and prayer meeting.
I wish I could say with a clear conscience that reasons 1 to 3 have never entered my mind before. However, I have been partly guilty of some of the wrong thinking above. God has used the prayer meetings in Hebron and elsewhere to humble me in his presence and before his saints to acknowledge my need for him as well as his community as I pray.
Come join us for prayer meeting every Wednesday at 8pm. We learn from one another and from the Church past and present about prayer; we persevere in praying for the lost; and we encourage one another to keep praying.
Baptism - December 2014Registration is now open for:
• Regular worshippers (minimum six consecutive months) who seek admission to the membership of Hebron BP Church through baptism, reaffirmation of faith or transfer; and
• Hebron members who wish to present their young children for infant baptism.
Please complete the form available at the distribution table in the Church office and submit it to the Pastors or the Church office by 13 Jul.
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