I began last week sharing with you the summary points of a presentation I had the privilege of hearing a few years ago from Dr. David Cho, pastor of the world’s largest church.
Five reasons why Dr. Cho said he prays every day:
Last week’s first two reasons:
This week I want to share reasons three through five:
3. The Only Way To Stay Filled (Full) of The Spirit Is Through Prayer.
This point is self explanatory, but in Ephesians 5:18 the idea of being filled with the Spirit is that we are continually being filled so that we stay – full.
4. The Only Way To Receive Rhema is Through Prayer
Of course we know the “logos” is the written word of God and a “rhema” is a personal word of God.
Dr. Cho shared dramatic incidences where on numerous occasions God gave him personal revelations about particular needs as he would preach the Word.
It is in prayer we learn to identify and become sensitive to the voice of God. We learn how to “listen to hear” the voice of God in prayer. God is still speaking. Prayer is a dialog not a monolog.
5. Through Prayer, You Can Influence A Nation
Dr. Cho shared that during a time of political upheaval he was asked to organize a prayer meeting in the town plaza. As a result of the prayer meeting where six thousand people met to pray, peace came to the city.
Prayer is our greatest tool and weapon for national and political change!
Two Prayer Principles:
- When we intercede, God intervenes.
- When we intercede, God gets involved in what we are praying for and about.
The practical application of these principles had profound impact on my prayer life personally. These five reasons can also be called the Five Benefits of Praying Every Day.
Here is a people and behavior principle: Whenever you want to increase someone’s commitment to something, show them the benefit of doing whatever it is you want them to do.
As you read these five reasons/benefits of everyday prayer, one of the results is it motivates us to pray.
Thanks for your partnership in prayer and ministry. Together we are building the Kingdom of God in Virginia.