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Being the Church

July 22, 20128 Comments
Being the Church

Being the Church

You’ve probably seen a billboard announcing, “Stop visiting church and be the church!” If you haven’t you have surely heard the statement before in some form or fashion.  While I do not like cliche’s, this one is valid and says a lot in just a few words.  It makes me think about James 1:22, where we are told to not be hearers of the word, but doers also unless we deceive ourselves.  I’ve also found that when people have stated “be the church”, they have often suggested or pointed to dated 1950’s era examples of what women should wear, and how boys should behave etc.  There’s some that would point to the book of Acts, and site the First Century church as the model for all ages, leaving us to sell all we have and give to our church.  Frankly, neither of those fit the bill, we live in the year 2012 and we’re not persecuted.

Following is the one thing that as God’s church we should  be doing, its not the only thing, but the first and the one we should never neglect.  This is something distinct only for people who are God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ, it transcends time and generations.

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1)

Nothing distinguishes the children of God so clearly and strongly as prayer. E. M Bounds

The richest revelations of God-Father, Son and Spirit- are made, not to the learned by the great or “noble” of Earth, but by people of prayer.  E. M Bounds

In being the Church we should pray!  Jesus not only gave a parable that we should always pray and faint not, but He gave an example by the life He lived that prayer was important and vital.  The disciples when they were told to go to Jerusalem and wait, immediately interpreted that as go and pray, and they were all found, one hundred and twenty of them, praying in the upper room.  The Apostle Paul prayed frequently and was always praying for the saints, and he exhorted everyone in his letters to pray and even stated in one letter to pray without ceasing.

Prayer is a special and vital time of communication for God and His people, its a time where we are changed, strengthened, and where we can receive the direction we need for advancing His kingdom and living life for Him.

Prayer is a spiritual event, its not carnal and those that are carnal will look for other things to do.  However, for those who want to worship God in Spirit and truth, prayer will prove to be a key ingredient to their worship.

Prayer requires our time and focus.  Its both a discipline and a duty, a requirement and an honor.

The prayers that produce results, are persistent, consistent and in line with the mind and thinking of God.

It (prayer) is the one infallible mark and test of being a Christian.  Christian people are prayerful.  The worldly minded are prayer-less.  Christians call on God.  The worldly ignore God and do not call on His name.  But even Christians need to cultivate continual prayer.  Prayer must be habitual, but much more than a habit.  E.M Bounds

All people can do good, every person on Earth can excel in business and sports, but not all can pray and all will not pray. As God’s people it is for us to take advantage of the honor we have to pray, the honor we have to be in His presence to ask and to receive, to know Him more and to be conformed into His image.

It is my prayer that your prayer life will be bolstered, that you will be strengthened, that you will know God’s will for your life, and that every promise of God will be manifested in your life.

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  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing this blog on our facebook page. Our website is in the works, but does have an “about” page up. God bless you and keep you strong. I pray he gives you courage to speak to dry bones and that God will breath life into them so that his people will rise up to praise him and call on the name of the Lord again.

    • Thomas says:

      Thanks Jessica, its always an encouragement when I come across other brothers and sisters in the Lord, just simply being the church. God Bless You!

  2. Tahlitha says:

    Wonderful article Thomas. Prayer, for me, has been 1 of 2 ways to be in His presence, to just enjoy Him as a listening child to her loving Father. And although God primarily speaks to us in His Word, I know, have, and honor the dual comfort in both. Jesus paid for it all.

    Have a great week!

  3. Shannon says:

    Great reminder of the ever importance of prayer! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    Reading Andrew Murray, Lord Teach Us to Pray, he says , “Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only to pray. He did not speak much of what was needed to preach well, but much of praying well. To know how to speak to God is more than knowing how to speak to man, Not power with men, but power with God is the first thing.”

    When I used to go to church my relationship was more about religion and preaching. So much have I said and recalled by others, “You should have heard that sermon!” or “You must hear our preacher…he’s awesome!” Its more about the orator skills and how dynamic of a speaker the pastor is. The church I used to attend would have Friday night prayer. All the times I attended there might have been a total of five of us and sometimes the pastor would show up, but not always. Prayer is not part of the church in the organized church sense; music, entertainment and then maybe preaching. but prayer is something that is done in the service. I remember reading Jim Cymbala’s book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, he said in the book, you will “see who loves Jesus depending on how many show up for Wednesday prayer service.” His church grew out of a prayer service, it was standing room only! Though I don’t completely agree with the whole concept of organized religion. The truth still remains the same, if we truly gather and assembly, not for the purpose of entertainment, to here a certain preacher or for the music, and just humbly meet with one person or a hundred in earnest prayer God will always do what He says..He will show up and move amongst His people like in the day of Pentecost.

    Mike

    • Thomas says:

      Thanks Mike,

      Prayer is so vital, so important. As Murray said “power with God”, but right now the church as a whole, as you mentioned, gather largely for other reasons. I think that its an attack of the enemy that has people so distracted from prayer. But prayer is so important, that not only did Jesus do it often and long, every man and woman of God who was somebody in Christendom has wrote on the subject, but yet its the very first thing to get nixed! I pray that God’s people would know the power, the assurance, the clarity, the vigor, the focus, and everything else that comes from spending time in prayer with God, not just giving him shout outs here and there.

      Blessing to you brother,
      Thomas

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