When I set out on this little series I had 2 goals. First, I wanted to dig into what Oswald Chambers has to say on prayer. He was a passionate man who pulled no punches when it came to prayer. When he arrived in Egypt to serve soldiers serving in the war he both ministered to their physical needs (by providing a place to write letters home) and their spiritual needs (by calling men to prayer). He modeled a bold prayer life and a confident living after the things of God. He took God at his word and lived this way.
The second goal I had in approaching this topic was to learn how to call men and women to a career in prayer. Prayer is one of the most guilt inducing topics that a preacher can approach and yet, if prayer is talking to God, what other job does a follower of Jesus have? If I am not known as a man of prayer (the action of it, not just the talking about it) then could I be charged and found guilty of being a Christian.
And so Chambers calls us boldly to take up our career in prayer. Train for it, believe it and grasp for it. As you get to know Jesus in prayer, the goal is to know his heart and to live life as a prayer. Jesus intended that you’d easily and quickly live like he did and move like he moves. If you’re training for a career in prayer, here are 3 P’s to practice (until you do it naturally).
Patience, Purpose and Power: three disciplines or characteristics of the man or woman of prayer. These three are friends to us as we journey to be near Christ and active as His followers in the world. Believing that “prayer is not preparation for the work, but that it is the work,” we follow with the apostles, saints and Chambers to be people of prayer.
Tomorrow: the 3 P’s in detail.
- Honesty in prayer (Pinocchio had an advantage) (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)
- Faith and Work in Prayer (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)
- Prayer as an occupation (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)
- What does it take to perform like a pro? (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)
- Childlike praying (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)
- Is it better for Jesus to be in Heaven than to be here on earth? (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)