Often Forgotten, Ever Crucial

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Each month, we point attention to the EFCC Prayer Calendar (details here). This is a compilation of small praise reports and prayer requests from throughout the EFCC and EFCCM; every day there’s something specific to pray for. We’ve asked Dave Acree, the EFCC Prayer Catalyst, to accompany each Prayer Calendar with a short devotional to better help us all focus on the meanings and intentions of prayer.

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LDCatBehind every prayer request a need lurks, and needs come in all shapes and sizes across a spectrum from mellow desire to anxious desperation.

In Philippians 4 Paul reveals a prayer process that moves us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God” (vs 6). Oops! Left something out, didn’t we? It’s almost an afterthought and easy to forget: “with thanksgiving.” Way too often our needs become so urgent and large they overshadow the only one that can really do anything about them!

Thanksgiving brings perspective. When we are thankful to and for God, who He is and what He has already done, and what He might and will do, anxiety has a better chance of melting into peace.

Philippians 4 is not a “one-off.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to “pray continually” and then in the same breath to “give thanks in all circumstances.” How’s that for a seemingly impossible assignment?

Paul practiced what he preached. “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you” (Romans 1:8). Check out 1 Corinthians 1:4; Ephesians 1:16; Philippians 1:3; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:3; Philemon 4 and note the context to identify Paul’s thanksgiving. Now, practice what Paul preached.

Partner each request with thanksgiving!

The EFCC Speaks: What is the Purpose of Prayer? (Updated)

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This post is a collaborative experiment. We’ve asked contributors throughout the EFCC movement for their input on the purpose of prayer. We’re posting the answers anonymously, and mostly unedited.

If these ideas resonate with you, or if you would like to add your own thoughts, please do so in the comments below!

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Weary of post-calamity reactive prayer, I have been interceding pre-emptively, proactively, tactically, and preventatively.

 

Our Father Who is in heaven hallowed be your name: Acknowledgement
Your kingdom come your will be done: Submission
Yours is the kingdom and the glory forever and ever amen: Glorifying
In a word: Worship

 

Participation in God’s providence.

 

To call home!

 

I believe that the purpose of prayer is to draw near to God, to be strengthened in our relationship with Him and build up the body of Christ.

 

For me the purpose of prayer is to keep me from being self-focused. Lately I’ve come to realize that there’s a difference between having Jesus in my life and having Jesus’s life in me. It’s vine-and-branch stuff, and prayer is a critical part of what connects me to the vine.

 

Prayer it the difference between a concert and a worship service. It shows there is a different audience than just the one we see.

 

To communicate and build relationship with our Father.

 

Prayer is a part of loving and worshipping God.

 

Prayer is essential to have a relationship with God. It is also a sign that we trust and have Faith that God cares for our every need.

 

To align our hearts with the heart of God.

 

The purpose of prayer is to find a way to respond to all that God has done.

 

Prayer is my relationship link with God, sometimes asking; sometimes thanking; sometimes praising; always listening.

 

To me, the purpose of prayer is survival.
Paul says that we live and move and have our being in God (Acts 17:28).
So I need to stay connected to my life source.
The purpose of prayer is survival.