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Sep
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The Importance of Prayer

Hebrews 5:7 (NIV) says:

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Do you think that prayer might be important?  After all, Jesus, who was God in the flesh, took time to pray to the Father on many occasions.  Luke 5:16 (NIV) says,

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Jesus was a Man of prayer.  He knew the importance of prayer.  If Jesus took time to pray on a regular basis (Jesus often…prayed), shouldn’t we?  So how is your prayer life?  I heard this illustration a long time ago and thought I would share it with you today:

A popular sermon illustration on prayer and the devotional life goes like this…
Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, “Brother, the grass grows on your path.”

Don’t let grass grow on your path.  Spend time with God the Father in prayer today.  Pray for your family.  Pray for a chance to share some Good News with someone.  Pray for our leaders in Washington.  Pray for our troops.  Pray for your church family.  Pray for a family in your church family.  Pray for me!  Pray for your children or your nieces and nephews or your cousins or your parents.  Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to pray today!

Hebrews 5

New International Version (NIV)

5 Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,

“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.”

6 And he says in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”

7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Falling Away

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

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