Today’s world and all its churches has changed so far out of the sight of God, I almost don’t recognize either one any more. Today everyone is so busy they can’t be concerned anymore with other people’s problems. If there is a sin that the church as a whole is guilty of, I would say it is prayerlessness.
The number one weakness in the church in the 21st century is Prayerlessness. The amount of Christians who are struggling to build a personal prayer altar is frightening. Without prayer you have nothing. There is no depth, no substance no power in your life when you are prayer less. Prayer is the lifeblood of a Christian’s walk with God. Prayer connects us to God, prayer is an active way to love and connect with others, and prayer makes room in the prayer’s heart for God’s correcting voice. The Bible says to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), so anything other than a continual attitude of prayer and communion with God is sin. Anything that interrupts our connection to God or leads to self-reliance is wrong.
For instance, if there’s a Bible study, attendance will be fair. If there’s a guest speaker, attendance will be even greater. If there will be special music or a guest artist that people like to listen to, attendance might be greater still. Let us all think for a second, when there’s a prayer meeting, guess what happens? Attendance goes down. Why? Because we think we don’t need to pray.
Do we need more Bible studies and more worship and more musical artists? There’s always a place for that, of course. But are we now above prayer? James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask”
The Bible tells us about a time when the prophet Daniel was deeply moved after reading God’s Word. He said, “I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain” (Daniel 9:20). Notice that he prayed for his own forgiveness, but he prayed for others, too.
Maybe you’ve seen someone who has fallen away or is compromising spiritually, and you’ve talked about it to everyone. How about praying for them instead? How about interceding for them? Why should you do that? Because, my friend, one day it could be you. Any of us have the capacity to fall into sin. So, we should pray and intercede for others. We should stand in the gap for them. If only we would spend as much time talking to God about others as we spend time gossiping about others. When was the last time you prayed not just for your own needs, but also for someone else? It’s time to intercede for others in prayer.
Didn’t our Lord Jesus intercede for us in prayer.