For decades believers have debated and argued about prayer in schools. We have been offended by public prayer being removed from public schools.
We, people of faith, don’t like limits on prayer in schools. But what about our self-imposed limits on prayer in churches?
Isn’t it time to allow open prayer in church? Perhaps we should take the limits off of prayer in our churches and allow ordinary people to individually pray in church services:
1) out loud;
3) from the heart; and
4) as prompted by the Spirit.
At The Salvation Army Berry Street, anybody can pray out loud, unrehearsed, from the heart, and as they feel led by the Spirit. Come see every Sunday morning at 10:45, 255 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.
“What the Church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more and novel methods. She needs men whom the Holy Spirit can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer!” –E.M. Bounds
“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” –Samuel Chadwick
“The early Church exerted the privilege of prayer. The Church of today is in danger of deserting the privilege. With all of our technology, invention and innovation, let us emphasize, centralize, and prioritize on prayer – life’s limitless reach!” –Jack Taylor
“When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is to set them a-praying.” –Matthew Henry
“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.” –Andrew Murray
“When Jesus Christ went about building His church, He built a prayer meeting.” –Armin Gesswein
“We have far too little conception of the place that intercession, as distinguished from prayer for ourselves, ought to have in the Church.” –Andrew Murray
“No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer.” –J. Edwin Orr
“Good praying is more easily caught than taught.” –D.A. Carson in A Call to Spiritual Reformation
“In the book of Acts they are praying in every chapter except two; and in those chapters they are in trouble.” –Armin Gesswein