Why We Must Pray

“God commands men to pray, and so not to pray is plain disobedience to an imperative command of Almighty God”–E. M. Bounds.

“Prayer is both the thermometer and the thermostat of the local church; for the ‘spiritual temperature’ either goes up or down, depending on how God’s people pray”–Warren Wiersbe.

“I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray”–1 Timothy 2:8.

“Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan”–John Bunyan.

“God can honor even the shortest of prayers, as in Nehemiah 2:4-5. But effective prayer requires faith, proper attitude, privacy, and unhurried confession. Then our request (the petition) can be brought before God with reverence. When we realize God’s greatness, it helps us to keep our burdens in perspective. By having even small faith in a great God, He can accomplish wonders to His glory”–John Kincaid.

“Therefore confess your sins t one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective”–James 5:16.

“If you can explain what’s going on in your ministry, God didn’t do it”–Robert Cook.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”–1 Timothy 2:1-4.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. — Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)