In the preface to his book entitled Prayer, Richard Foster wrote, “For a long time I have wanted to write on the subject of prayer. To do so, however, would have been to commit the sin of presumption. I was not ready. I had more—much more—to learn, to experience.” Foster’s opening words to writing a book on prayer are similar to my own perspective on preaching about prayer. Like Foster, I will endeavor to speak “for all the prayerless persons I have been and all the prayerful persons I hope to become.”
It seems that the spiritual discipline of prayer has been a challenge for the people of God throughout time, just based on the quantity of books devoted to the topic—books that tell us how to pray, or why to pray, or the purpose of prayer. And yet many of God’s people will confess a struggle with consistency or intimacy, or any number of other explanations of what makes prayer so difficult.
One of the perspectives that influenced my own outlook on prayer came when I could see prayer as one of my roles in a greater endeavor. I began to see how my own responsibility and opportunity in prayer was about more than just my relationship with the Father (certainly valuable and important), it was also about something much bigger than myself. One of the key passages which contributed to that understanding was Ephesians 6:10-20. Join us this Sunday as we investigate that passage together and discuss how we can participate in the spiritual health, well-being, and victory of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Grace and peace,