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Invigorating Our Prayer-Life

June 23rd, 2016

Minoh International Church
Pastor Joseph Ricohermoso


According to Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies.

E.M. Bounds ((August 15, 1835 – August 24, 1913) an American author, attorney and a pastor, who wrote many books, focused on the subject of prayer. He said:
アメリカの作家,弁護士であり牧師でもあったE. M. Bounds氏は祈りをテーマにした本をたくさんの本を書いた人です。彼は、こう言っています。

What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use–men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. [In contemporary parlance, I suppose he meant men and women.]

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.”

If we recognize that prayer is what we need in our time, how do we motivate ourselves to this important task and privilege? Shall we also remind one another, “Brother/sister, the grass grows on your path”?

How do we invigorate our prayer-life? I would like us to consider three (3) things.

  1. Keep on praying

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17


テサロニケ人への手紙1 5:17

We can talk all day long about prayer, extol its importance and give examples of its effect on others, but it takes a much simpler approach to make it happen: Start praying!

Paul writes that we are to “pray without ceasing.” He is quite obviously, not telling us to stay on our knees in a posture of prayer 24 hours each day. That would be nearly impossible. His admonition refers to a mindset of always being conscious of our Heavenly Father and living a life of surrender to Him and His will. It is awareness of the truth that God should govern our every thought and action.

When our thoughts turn to worry, fear, discouragement, and anger, we are to consciously and quickly turn every thought into prayer and every prayer into thanksgiving.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul commands us to stop being anxious and instead;

in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Philippians 4:6




As we go through the day, prayer should be our first response to every fearful situation, every anxious thought, and every undesired task that God commands. A lack of prayer will cause us to depend on ourselves instead of depending on God’s grace.

While very ill, John Knox, the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, called to his wife and said, “Read me that Scripture where I first cast my anchor.” After he listened to the beautiful prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17, he seemed to forget his weakness. He began to pray, interceding earnestly for his fellowmen. He prayed for the ungodly who had thus far rejected the gospel. He pleaded in behalf of people who had been recently converted. And he requested protection for the Lord’s servants, many of whom were facing persecution. As Knox prayed, his spirit went Home to be with the Lord. The man of whom Queen Mary had said, “I fear his prayers more than I do the armies of my enemies,” ministered through prayer until the moment of his death. (Our Daily Bread. April 11).

To pray without ceasing is to reveal our total reliance on and dependence upon our loving Father God.

  1. Keep on believing

For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

Matthew 6:8


マタイの福音書 6:8

You only truly believe the parts of the Bible that you obey. People say, “I believe in prayer.” But do they pray? No? Then they don’t believe in it.

“The world and its desires pass away but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John 2:17


ヨハネの手紙Ⅰ 2:17 JLB

And in

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

1 John 2:3


ヨハネの手紙Ⅰ 2:3

When the Devil assaults your mind, resist him! Understand that you are in a war. Don’t entertain the lies of the Enemy when God Almighty paid such a great price for your redemption. Keep on believing God and His promises.

Nothing can rob you of your hold on grace and your confidence in God without your permission. The grace of God is too great. The love and mercy of God are too strong. The compassion and peace of God are too powerful.

We must believe God’s Word. Never release your grip on the covenant Christ made for you. The Bible teaches that you are to walk by faith, not by sight. Our prayer-life is reflective of our faith life.

“For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him”

Matthew 6:8


マタイの福音書 6:8

Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary to Zaire, told the following story.

“A mother at our mission station died after giving birth to a premature baby. We tried to improvise an incubator to keep the infant alive, but the only hot water bottle we had was beyond repair. So we asked the children to pray for the baby and for her sister.

One of the girls responded. ‘Dear God, please send a hot water bottle today. Tomorrow will be too late because by then the baby will be dead. And dear Lord, send a doll for the sister so she won’t feel so lonely.’

That afternoon a large package arrived from England. The children watched eagerly as we opened it. Much to their surprise, under some clothing was a hot water bottle!

Immediately the girl who had prayed so earnestly started to dig deeper, exclaiming, ‘If God sent that, I’m sure He also sent a doll!’ And she was right! The heavenly Father knew in advance of that child’s sincere requests, and 5 months earlier He had led a ladies’ group to include both of those specific articles.”

  1. Keep on expecting

“It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.”

Acts 12:1 NIV


使徒の働き 12:1

In Acts 12:1–17, we read that King Herod, who was persecuting the Church, had already killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. He then had Peter arrested and thrown in jail.

It was a dark time for God’s people. They were being hunted by brutal Roman soldiers, and one by one, either killed or imprisoned. To their credit, the disciples sought the Lord for Peter’s deliverance.

Verse 5 says

Prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

Acts 12:5


使徒の働き 12:5

God miraculously released Peter, but when he knocked at the gate of the house where they were meeting, the disciples didn’t believe he was really there! Rhoda, the servant girl, was so excited to hear Peter’s voice, she didn’t stop to let him in. She just ran back and told the others. “Guess what? Peter’s here!” They didn’t believe her.

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.

When you pray, be ready to receive God’s answer. Expect a miracle! Trust His Word and allow Him to be God. He knows what you need, and He knows the best way to meet your needs. Remember, He is a good God!


When we pray, remember:

  1. The love of God that wants the best for us. So, keep on praying.
  2. The wisdom of God that knows what is best for us. So, keep on believing.
  3. The power of God that can accomplish it. So, keep on expecting.