Sunday, July 09, 2006

Need A Prayer Breakthrough?

BREAKING THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH PRAYER BARRIER
by Dr. Alvin VanderGriend

Question:
Why is there so little prayer in the North American Church?
Answer:
I think there is a lack of prayer in American churches for two reasons. First, for the past century most North American seminaries have failed to give ministerial students an adequate understanding of prayer and have failed to help them develop their prayer lives. Consequently, congregations led by these pastors have lacked the leadership required to develop their understanding and practice of prayer.

Second, Christians, influenced by our materialistic and hedonistic society, are prone today to think of prayer as a way to find solutions to problems and to get the good life. When used in this way prayer turns into a monotonous system of begging God rather than a joyful love relationship. When that happens prayer becomes an activity not a joy. Begging is not something people naturally love to do===>Click headline to access complete article . . .

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