Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Prayer Strategy for Ministry

Wednesday, 02 November 2005
Prayer Strategy For Ministry
By Dave Butts, National Prayer Committee

All too often we look at prayer as a 'quick fix" to a difficult situation. Have you ever said, "I've tried everything else - I might as well pray! Often we only have "time" to offer a few quick prayers hoping to bring God into the situation so that everything will be fine. . and sometimes this proves to be the case (although probably more because of God's great love for us than from the power of our prayers).

If you are involved in a work of God, and hopefully we are all active in a ministry of some sort. you need to look at prayer not as a quick petition, but rather as part of the longterm strategy for accomplishing the work that God has called you to. It involves a commitment to pray and work until you see completion. An illustration from the sports realm might be helpful. Many would liken prayer to a series of sprints while instead, we would be better served to see prayer as a long-distance runner would view the course before him.

Nehemiah saw prayer this way. in Nehemiah 1, we see that he had a difficult task ahead of him. After hearing a report of the poor condition of Jerusalem and its inhabitants he believed that God called him to travel to Jerusalem and take the lead in seeing the walls of the city rebuilt. As you look at this story, please note how prayer is an integral part of this mighty work of God... not as a quick fix. but as a continued dependence upon God for help and direction.

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