PRAYER: WHY PRAY?

 

Prayer is vitally important. It is good to talk to God in prayer.  We may not understand the mystery of prayer.  We don't need to. But this much is clear: actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing throught! When you speak, Jesus hears. And when Jesus hears, the world is changed. All because someone prayed.

 

Rather than try to explain the importance and significance of prayer, here's an excerpt from Max Lucado's writings on prayer, entitled 'Prayer: A Heavenly Invitation'.

 

"When a believing person prays, great things happen." (James chapter 5 verse 16)

 

"Imagine yourself in a dark room. Windows closed. Curtains drawn. Shutters shut. In the darkness it's hard to believe there's daylight beyond the drapes. So you grope and try to feel your way across the floor. You take a step, disoriented and unsure where you are headed. Progress is slow and the journey painful. Stubbed toes, bruised shins, broken vases. It's hard to walk in a dark place.

 

Harder still to walk in a dark world. But many try. And as a result, many are wounded in the effort: tripping over problems, bumping into one another in the shadows, ramming into walls.

 

But occasionally one of us makes a discovery. Reaching through the blackness, a hand finds curtains and window latch. "The walls have windows!" The drapes are pulled back and the window opened. The sun floods into the room. What was dark is now bright. What was opaque is now clear. What was stale is now fresh. With the light comes a peace, a power, a desire to move closer to the light, and a confidence to step forward. Our timid steps are replaced by a certainty to our walk. A certainty to move through the corridors of life, opening one window after another to illuminate. What a difference! And all it took was one small gesture of opening curtains and raising the window.

 

Prayer does the same thing for us. Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world." 

 

Sunday services

Morning - 11am

Evening - 6.30pm

 

Abbots Cross Presbyterian Church

91 Doagh Road

Newtownabbey

Northern Ireland

BT37 9QN

 

Tel: 028 9085 2120

Email:  info@acpc.co.uk

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