At City Church we want prayer to be at the forefront of all we do. The church can not move forward without God's help. Prayer is one of the undermined yet prestigious privileges of the Christian life. Think about how awesome a privilege It is for you and I to enter into a conversation with God himself. Jesus died for us so that we might be brought to God and have him as our Father in a relationship of intimacy and awe. Milton Vincent, in his book A Gospel-Primer for Christians, put it this way:
“God is radically committed to my life of prayer. He shed the blood of His Son so that I might be cleansed and rendered fit to stand before Him in love. He also permitted the brutal rending of His Son so that I might now have a way to enter into the Holy Place through the torn flesh of Jesus. ‘Draw near,’ he says… How can I not feel the infinite sincerity of these invitations, especially when considering the painful lengths that God endured so that I might enter his presence in prayer. Indeed the Gospel serves as the sweetest of invitation to pray.” – Milton Vincent.
We pray because God invites us to come to him and enjoy him as our Father, delighting in all that he is for us because of Jesus. But we also pray because we believe he is our Father in heaven with all power and authority. He is omnipotent and with him, all things are possible (Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37). As we look out at the brokenness around us and even inside of us, we are forced to face our need for the grace and renewing power of God. Prayer is how we express that need.
- Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God byTim Keller
- Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name by Bryan Chapell
- A Praying Life by Paul Miller
- Prayer by Ole Hallesby
- Praying the Bible by Don Whitney
- A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther
- Prayer: Finding our Way Through Duty to Delight by J.I Packer
- Hunger for God by John Piper. Pdf.
- Habits of Grace by David Mathis. Pdf