There is something special about being able to gather together as a family…as a church family and pray together.
We live in a day and age where everything is done quickly. We have fast food, instant messaging and the ability to talk to anyone with the touch of a button on a cell phone. We have instant access to the people we love and the people that we associate with. The one thing that we cannot do quickly is pray, it still takes the setting aside of ones time to communicate with our Saviour . Just like Peter and John in Acts 3, they had a time set aside when they went to pray. Acts 3:1 “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.”
We sing songs about the sweet hour of prayer, but it is much easier to sing the song than to actually pray. In Mark 14:37 -38 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
I am convinced that the most important part of our day is the time that we spend in prayer. Prayer opens up an avenue to God where our needs can be met as well as the needs of others. There is no way that we know what tomorrow will bring, but through prayer God can give us the strength that we need to face tomorrow.
In addition to pre-service prayer for all regularly scheduled services, our church family meets once a month for an hour of prayer. There is something special about being able to gather together as a family…as a church family and pray together. As men we have a God-given responsibility to lead our families in spiritual matters and prayer is an awesome privilege in which we can accomplish this. If we pray then it will be easier for our children to pray because they have an example to follow.
It is through prayer that victories are won, that needs can be met, that healing can take place and that we can bring ourselves under subjection to the will of God and see his plan and purpose for our lives revealed.