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New Beginnings Baptist Church (SPB)

 

If you have a prayer concern or an area for biblical direction, please forward to the minister Dr. Ray L. Parker (rlparker@trinitysem.edu)  It would be a joy and honor to pray with you. God bless.

"Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."

Principles of the Prayer Life

1. We must recognize the need for a prayer life. We must begin with this basic question: "Do I actually have a prayer life?" If my answer is "Sometimes," "I'm not sure," or "No," it might be I am not convinced of the importance of prayer in my life.

2. We must acknowledge the all-inclusive fact -- God answers prayer! It was Charles Spurgeon who said, "We ought not to tolerate for a minute the ghastly and grievous thought that God will not answer prayer. His nature, as manifested in Christ Jesus, demands it."

3. We must understand the theology of prayer. A clear understanding of God's nature is vital to prayer. Only a sovereign God can inspire prayer and only a sovereign God can answer it. An individual's concept of God, therefore, determines the depth of an individual's prayer life. Real prayer begins and ends with God enthroned.

4. We must learn how to minister this gift of prayer. Someone has said that prayer is like getting to the top of the stairs with one giant leap from the bottom. The reality is that it is impossible to get from the bottom to the top without taking the stairs. Stairs were made to be used, but they were made to be used one step at a time. Prayer ministry is the same: we must take one step at a time.

5. We must recognize the true purposes of prayer. First, prayer should glorify God. Second, it should bring the pray-er closer to God in fellowship. Third, it should focus on a great ingathering of souls.