Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How Intently Are We Praying?

Christians often talk about the value of prayer. I suspect we practice what we preach far less often
than we would like to admit. Though there are many ways to pray, one way is prayer walking. I will never forget how we learned the value of prayer walking. We had been trying to start a church in a nearby village and had only met opposition. At one point, four people drove over from that village to tell us to stay out of their town. But knowing there was no Gospel witness in that town, we had to find a way to break down the spiritual walls that held us back. Someone told me about prayer walking and I thought that since nothing else had worked, maybe we should try prayer. We sent out the word to Baptist Student Union groups across the nation and invited them to come spend a week praying over this little town. We knew it was a long shot; after all, most students want to spend their spring break at the beach partying, not in a rural town in New England praying. But word began to spread that prayer warriors were needed and college students from across America began to show up. Over a six week period nearly two hundred students came and prayed in that little New England village. Some stayed only for a few hours, some stayed a day, some stayed a week, all prayed. And the God of the Universe heard those prayers and within months a new church was started, and one of the people who came was the leader of that band of four people who had told us to stay out of their town. Prayer gives us the spiritual power needed to complete the task and works wonders when we will do it intently. The question we must answer is, how intently are we praying?


Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter and denominational leader in New England since 1993. He is the author of numerous books including Breaking Free from the Spirit of Offense. All of his books can be found at: amazon.com/author/terrydorsett

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