By Pastor Terry Gee
“Prayer and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer. I cannot forget this. I look at men’s lives. I believe that few pray.” – J. C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer
Prayer can be hard. At times, nothing can be so trying to our minds as setting aside time to pray. Yet, nothing is so vital and important to our lives. Both private and public prayer need to have their place in our daily spiritual experience, yet how can we persist in distracting times?
I don’t know about you, but I do best at difficult things when I do them with others and I do it regularly. What if this spiritual practice could be done regularly in the company of other people?
Evergreen House of Prayer (EHOP) will be launching later on this year, hopefully in October. There the church family will gather together to worship God and pray for our church, seeking God’s face and asking for His guidance and strength. If you set aside time just one evening a week, you can know that you will be praying at least one night a week for things of eternal weight. Spending 52 evenings each year in prayer for our church may do more than we could imagine.
So consider coming to EHOP when it launches. God will give you grace and strength for prayer, and I believe your soul will be more satisfied in meeting with Him than with anything else. Consider what change could be brought about in many lives, what plans of eternal significance will be set in motion if our church would gather to pray. Perhaps the very thing you are seeking for your own life or for our church must be first brought, with all sincerity, to the throne of grace. Again, consider whether this will do better for your life of faith than many other things you could be doing one night a week, and let us come together to pray.
“Prayer is that point in religion which you must be most of all on your guard. Here it is that true religion begins; here it flourishes, and here it decays. Tell me what a man’s prayers are, and I will soon tell you the state of his soul.” – J. C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer