Tega Cay Family and Friends
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35
What was the prayer life like for the Son of God? The Gospels tells us in several places that He would go off by Himself and pray, for long periods of time. What does your prayer life say about you? Does it say that you know that God is there but you see no need to call out to Him unless there is some emergency? Does your prayer life communicate that you are so close in your walk with God that only a minute or two will be enough? Perhaps your prayer life reflects your utter dependence on God. U.S. News, Newsweek, Beliefnet, and Pastor’s Weekly Briefing cite these statistics about Christians prayer lives in America. Remember, these are only statistics.
64% say they pray more than once a day
56% say they most often pray for family members
3.3% saying that they pray for strangers
49% of teens say they would be likely to attend prayer meetings before or after school.
82% said they ask for health or success for a child or family member
75% asked for strength to overcome personal weakness
51% agreed that God doesn’t answer prayers to win sporting events
38% say that the most important purpose of prayer is intimacy with God.
41% say that their prayers are answered often
1.5% say that their prayers are never answered
73% say when their prayers are not answered, the most important reason is because they did not fit God’s plan
5% say that they pray most often in a house of worship
79% say that they pray most often at home
67% say that in the past six months, their prayers have related to continually giving thanks to God
What do these numbers tell us and what is missing in these numbers? What is missing is prayer health and depth. Most of those who fall within these statistics could still have very shallow and short prayer lives, not to mention the mostly self-centered nature of the prayers. Let Jesus lead the way to greater prayer health.
Tega Cay Baptist Church