Incorporating the things of the world into the church will be “like splinters in our eyes and thorns in our sides.” These things might draw a crowd but the price we pay will be an ineffective, weak and powerless church.
“Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” What convicting words these are! We take minutes to pray and wonder why we accomplish so little. Jesus took hours to pray and the world wonders how He accomplished so much!
The Psalmist said “God answers our prayers.” Does He answer your prayers? How do you know? If we pray generally instead of specifically, how will we ever know? If we pray, but never look for the answer, how will we know? Do you keep records of your prayers and His answers? Celebrate, publish and make much of answered prayer and you will see more answers and more need to pray!