System Analysis [PT.2] | Where’s the Prayer? by Tyler Thayer
April 27, 2009, 1:57 pm
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by Tyler Thayer

It usually goes without question that Christians pray. In A Call to Prayer, J.C Ryle says that if you are Christian it is “absolutely needful” for a you to pray. He says that without praying one can not even be saved, for he has not asked for it. Ryle points out that Christians pray at least once in their life, so the questions left are do you continue to pray and how do you pray?

As men, should we not “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  It is true that the same basic principles of prayer apply to women also, but in the context of Manspeak, this is a conversation about men.  Further, the question begins to gain distinction when we look at it through the lenses of biblical masculinity. Who should it be that starts prayer when sitting down for lunch or dinner, when a group comes together to enjoy fellowship, when there is need, or how about when there is simply a sense of thanksgiving? In family life, the role of servant leader falls upon the husband, and thus he will be held accountable for the prayer life of his family. Should not young Christian men follow suit and prep for leading a family?

In Acts 12:5 Luke writes, “So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” The early church was full of faith for the role that prayer plays in the Christian life. So much that it is described as “earnest” (Merriam-Webster 1 : a serious and intent mental state 2 : a considerable or impressive degree or amount). They were working hard at prayer.

Is our generation of young Christian men praying earnestly? I’m not so sure we value it as much as we used to, and it could very well be part of the faulty foundation that is causing so many broken households. So where is the prayer? Why is our generation not praying so hard that we grow weak from the serious contemplation?


Want to pray earnestly?


Earnest Prayer – [VQ09 | Bill Kittrell]
What Is Biblical Prayer And Why Should I Pray If God Knows Everything? [Don Carson]
Prayer: Whatever You Ask in My Name? [John Piper]
Prayer is a War Time Walkie-Talkie, Not a Domestic Intercom – [John Piper]


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Another scripture that should encourage us to pray is found in James 5. “13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. [2] 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” This is why we should pray. God is faithful and He has called us to bring our burdens and requests to Him. We must humble ourselves and cry out. We men should be examples of this humility and dependence on God.

Comment by JRam

Thanks for your post JRam.

I love the passage you shared, especially the diction used. James describes the prayer of Elijah as “fervently.” Where do you think fervent prayer comes from? What is fervent prayer? What’s the difference of a fervent prayer and regular prayer?

Any ideas?

Comment by Tyler Thayer

Men – an opportunity for cooperate prayer will be available on Friday, May the 22nd at 7:00 in the White Oak Room. Hope some of you can make it!

Comment by DJ Cimino

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