MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022.
TOPIC: PERSONAL PRAYER LIFE.
Scripture References: Matthew 6:5-15 & Luke 11:1-13
EXPOSITION: As young individuals we tend to thrive on communication; communication fuels intimacy. Communication is so important in every healthy relationship as water is to the fish and oxygen to humans. Without it, life becomes exceptionally unbearable. Can you imagine the world of a youth who never talks to anyone and no one dares talk to the person? Such is prayer. Prayer simply is talking to God like a friend and it should be the easiest thing we should do each day. Prayer is the Living Word on the lips of faith. Without prayer, our Christian life is like a car with flat tires. The car might be great but it’s not going very far. Prayer is a daily activity!
Without such a culture developed, we would be wandering around our very inheritance. Jesus our standard built a habit of prayer. It must be deliberately cultivated. Whatever isn’t cultivated, isn’t meant to thrive. Nothing in this world happens automatically, it must be built by someone. What made Jesus who he was, was his prayer life. The amount of prayer you invest in your life reflects in your ministry-children, work, school, etc.
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and not how to do miracles. If you get to know the source of the miracles, then the miracles become a bonus. Many youth are able to pray for hours in the congregation but in their closet life they cannot pray for thirty minutes. This is a clear deceit. The health of the church is truly seen when our private lives are well constructed. God shapes the world by prayer. Prayer is God’s plan to supply man’s great and continuous need with God’s great and continuous abundance.
To build a prayer life in the closet: Set a regular time, be consistent and persistent (Prayer thrives in the atmosphere of true devotion), heed to beckoning from the Holy Spirit. Start small but be consistent (30mins then you increase). If it truly becomes a culture, you would always do the impossible. Oh! Youth arise in prayer and push back the hand of the enemy. Four things we should keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer and God delivers by prayer.
SONG: Prayer is the key; Prayer is the key… Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer.
MEMORY VERSE FOR THIS WEEK: Matthew 6:4 – “So that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.”