'I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer.' 1 Timothy 2:8 NIV
When Paul was training Timothy up in ministry, he kept going back over and over this one point: prayer. Have a read of 1 Timothy 2:1-10. Paul was keen to emphasise the need for prayer, particularly with others, as the Church, the Body of Christ. When we bring everything before God in prayer, we're including Him in our adventures, our trials and our future. Without including God, we end up being a church of people, not the Church of God. Corporate prayer is something really powerful, especially when we seek the help of the Holy Spirit.
When you think of prayer, is it a quick end of the day job or a rushed word before a meal? Or is it a shoulder-to-shoulder cry of the Church, longing to get closer to God and get Him out there into the world?
In Isaiah 56:7 NIV the Lord's house is described as a '...house of prayer for all nations.' Prayer changes things, across the whole world. It's also one of the things that unites the Church, globally. So, let's get serious about praying for the Church, and as the Church, today.
So what now? Get hold of two different people from your church (or people in the community that you belong to - your workplace, the street/building you live in, etc.). Ask if there's anything in their lives right now that they'd like you to pray for. Then, whatever they say, find something practical to do to help them out too.
SoulFood: Josh 14-15, Mark 11:1-11, Ps 20, Pro 23:10-12