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Be Constant in Prayer

Series: Worship

During the month of August, we’re devoting our time to a discussion of worship, specifically the private aspect of personal worship and devotional time with God. We must be careful, lest we squeeze devotional and personal worship time with God out of life. Many are running on fumes, physically and spiritually. If you are, you can’t go on indefinitely. You were not built to function this way. One of the most effective ways to fuel our spiritual life is through prayer.

Romans 12.9-12 - The Context:

  1. Romans 12.9: we are to move with genuine, heartfelt love; abhor evil; and hold on to what is good.
  2. 12.10-13 - widen the focus to how we interact with others. 
    1. 12.10 - Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
    2. 12.11 - Don’t be slothful in zeal. Be fervent in spirit. Serve the Lord.
    3. 12.12 - Rejoice in hope. Be patient in tribulation.

Romans 12.12c - Be Constant in Prayer

  1. The imperative: Be constant in prayer.
  2. Specifically: “To attach oneself; to persist obstinately in; to keep on; to attend constantly; to be firm toward.” To persist with intense effort - despite difficulty.
  3. Of the 10 times the word is used in the NT, 5 of it apply to prayer. Besides Romans 12.12c, we have: Acts 1.14; 2.42; 6.4; Colossians 4.2
    1. The normal Christian life is devoted to prayer. How devoted are you?

Why Pray?

  1. It is God’s expectation.
    1. Romans 12.12c - be constant; Philippians 4.6 - in everything.
    2. We have to fight for it. Obstinate in carrying out God’s desire.
  2. Needs are great.
    1. Romans 9.2; 10.1 - Paul prayed earnestly about the salvation of the Jews.
  3. God acts when we pray. Think of how you have experienced this personally.

How to Pray

  1. Unarranged and Arranged
  2. Alone and Assembled
  3. In Sorrow and Joy
  4. Short and Long
  5. Spontaneous and Scheduled
    1. 1 Thessalonians 5.17 - pray without ceasing.
    2. Set a time in the morning. At evening. Determine the length.

Conclusion

  1. When it comes to being constant in prayer, how are you doing?
  2. Do you have your priorities in place?
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