A Relic of the Past

The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the saints at Thessolonica gave an interesting exhortation, he exhorted the saints there to pray without ceasing. I believe Paul, like other men of God in the Word understood the importance of prayer, because in my opinion such an exhortation can only come from someone who knew the need for prayer.  A man of God once said that for the modern church, “prayer has become a relic of the past” and I couldn’t agree more; the need for prayer is a view lost to todays church. This church wants to do everything but pray. It desires so much, but will not tarry in prayer. Jesus always prayed, for everything and in everything He prayed. The bible says that the New Testament Church “devoted themselves” to prayer (Acts 2:42). I believe therein lies the issue, a good percentage of professing christians have not devoted themselves to prayer. This not only stems from a lack of devotion, but also a lack of discipline. Paul saw christians as soldiers and a key characteristic of solidiers is their discipline and the lack of discipline in todays church has produced nothing more than passivity. I would be as bold as to say that the church will only move forward if on its knees. A.W. Tozer said these great words “The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.”

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One thought on “A Relic of the Past

  1. Great blog, A.W. Tozer rocks! I do his daily word on my iphone and it is really good. The only problem is that it always leaves me with a feeling of wanting more from that days readings!

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