Britton Christian Church has always been a house of prayer. We pray before we do anything. Before we eat, meet, worship, work, and play—we pray. We even gather on Sunday evenings at 5 pm for the “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”
While Connie and I were in London, visiting the Holy Trinity Brompton Church, God affirmed in our hearts how important the commitment to prayer is for our people and our church. We witnessed a church that has a passion and commitment to prayer. We heard stories of how the Lord has worked through prayer. We were so encouraged to come back home and urge you, our brothers and sisters, to pray.
Our day is no different than any other day that has gone before us. God has always invited His people to come into His presence in prayer. In Jeremiah’s day, while there was rampant idolatry, disobedience, and confusion—God invited Jeremiah to pray. I don’t have to describe idolatry, disobedience, and confusion for you and me. We know them all too well and yet the invitation continues to be issued: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” What is it you lack? What besetting sin keeps you nagging you day after day? What questions or doubts continue to come to mind even when you aren’t consciously thinking of them? What heartache continues to weigh you down? Take them to God in prayer. Take them to God over and over, day after day, until He quiets your soul and fills your heart with the assurance that He is able to sustain you, deliver you, and quiet you in the storms of life. Let me close by sharing something I read by the late Adrian Rogers.
If you need one thing in this life, you can perhaps substitute something else, but there is no substitute for prayer – not eloquence, intellect, energy, enthusiasm, nor intention. There is no substitute for prayer. I believe the greatest resource in the world is prayer. If somehow we could harness lightning, somehow tap into the resources of the mighty tides of the ocean as they ebb and flow, we would have awesome power. But the greatest untapped resource is not earthly energy, it is prevailing prayer. I don’t have a failure in my life except that of a prayer failure. I don’t have a sin in my life that proper prayer wouldn’t have avoided. I don’t have a need in my life that cannot be met through prevailing prayer. What fools we are if we don’t pray. (Adrian Rogers)