by Dennis Marquardt

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Be Prayerful! (5 of 7)
Series: The Church's Stance While Awaiting Christ's Return
Dennis Marquardt
1 Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2; Psalms 119:164; Daniel 6:3-28; Ephesians 6:18

INTRO: A young boy once made a point on the importance of praying with a family who had invited him to dinner. The boy at age six had been taught that it was important to give thanks to God before each meal. As the host family sat at the dinner table and was about to dig in and eat he interrupted and asked, ''Don't you say any prayer before you eat?'' The host was embarrassed by the question and mumbled in return, ''No, we don't take time for that.'' The boy sat silent for a minute and then said, ''Oh, I see, you eat like my dog does; he just starts right in too!''

To this little boy prayer was important; it should also be to every believer! One of the most neglected parts of being a Christian is often our prayer life, yet it is one of the most critical parts. God has ordained that prayer be foundation for much of what He does in this world! We can miss out on a great deal of what God has for us if we neglect prayer.

YET, prayer is much more than just saying words to God with your eyes closed! Paul admonishes the church in Thessalonica to ''PRAY CONTINUALLY!'' But how is this possible, how can someone pray continually?

PROP. SENT: The Bible will teach us that our prayer life consists not only of times of speaking to the Lord in prayer but also in communing with the Lord throughout the entire day, to be in touch with God all the time. Prayer is being in contact with the Lord as well as speaking to him, in this way we can pray continuously!

I. NECESSITY OF PRAYER 1 Thess. 5:17a; Col. 4:2; Psm. 119:164; Dan. 6:3-28

A. Command! 1 Thess. 5:17a Col. 4:2
1. Once again Paul uses the IMPERATIVE in Greek - thus indicating a command.
a. Prayer is not an option for the believer, it is imperative!
b. The first century church had its problems but it was a praying church, th ...

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