“The job of every Christian,” says Oswald Chambers, “is to pray.” He goes on to say, “Prayer is not just an exercise routine God has us on; it’s our business, out only business. Prayer is our holy occupation.”
This site is about prayer, helping others in this area, and to stress the importance of it. Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). Understand, when he says we can “do nothing,” He is talking about things of kingdom and eternal value. We can do all kinds of religious activities, even appearing to have results. For example, an event might be well attended, a preacher might give a “good” sermon, a worship team might sound incredible, or a church might be growing numerically. However, all of this is empty, meaningless, and of no eternal value if persons are not abiding in Christ and He in them.
If you read about revivals and great awakenings throughout history, the one vital thing they all have in common is their conception through prayer. Not a single revival or awakening ever transpired apart from God’s people praying and yielding to Him. Now, consider the lack of spiritual power in so many persons and churches that proclaim the name of Christ. Consider the timidity/fear, lack of discernment, biblical illiteracy, and the doublemindedness of so many. Consider the staleness–and even dying–condition of so many churches. Cannot so much of this be blamed on prayerlessness?
One study I read about says the average Christian spends less than 2 minutes in prayer a day, and the average minister less than 10 minutes a day. Wow! Talk about not abiding in Christ, and instead putting trust in our own abilities. I know of many churches of which no longer have prayer meetings, let alone any stressing of the vitality of prayer. Some of these appear well enough externally, but the lack of prayer is clear evidence there is not a genuine abiding in Christ. There might be a lot of activity going on, but no real fruit for the kingdom.
Many people struggle with prayer and have misconceptions of it. I hope this site will be of great encouragement and help to you. Yes, prayer is difficult; it’s our holy work, our holy occupation. However, God did not mean for it to be a drudgery. His intention is for it to be a means of us abiding in Christ, receiving sustenance and life, and thereby becoming evermore fruitful in our walk with Him.