“I’ve learned how we American Christians, at least the Christians I know, grossly under estimate the power and privilege of prayer.”
Valuing the power of prayer
That is the assessment of one of the pastors who teaches in our Bible institute. He continues:
The Chinese Christians who attend my classes have a remarkably rich prayer life. When we come to the end of our classes and ask students to pray, everyone prays. That doesn’t happen in my Bible classes in the United States.
And when they pray they don’t just speak a sentence or a phrase. Our closing prayer time can go on for half an hour. They pray for each other, for loved ones’ health, for struggling Christians and unsaved friends. They ask God’s blessings on their personal goals and their church’s plans. But they are just as likely to pray for their country and ours, for the proclamation of correct doctrine, and for the gospel to blaze in their communities, in China, and beyond.
Putting prayer to work now
Would you take a minute right now – perhaps even five or ten minutes – for prayer? Mention these Christians in China before our Father’s throne. Talk with him about 316NOW's ministry. If you need some specific items to pray about tap here to see a short description of our ministry.
As you pray, consider this prayer promise, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).