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This past Wednesday night I discussed prayer with our Royal Rangers group. My text was Matthew 7:7. How do you teach boys from ages 6-10 to pray? While I do believe that teaching from the Bible is essential to teaching boys to pray, the best way to learn to pray is by praying with them and showing them how to pray. Of course this requires that we know how to pray ourselves and that we know the biblical teaching on prayer but prayer is better caught than taught.
Leonard Ravenhill once said that the secret to praying is praying in secret. I would urge you fathers and leaders of boys to learn to pray in secret. Jesus said that His disciples would be marked by prayer (Matthew 6:5). Jesus Himself demonstrated a life of prayer (Luke 5:16; 6:12) so much so that His disciples came to Him and asked Him how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus often told parables to teach His disciples to pray (Luke 18:1).
The simplicity of prayer is seen in Matthew 7:7. Jesus says three things about prayer here. They are simply: Ask, seek, knock. Three simple things that we have all done. So why don’t we pray? Is it fear of God? Is it lack of knowledge about God’s will or His Word? Is that we trust in ourselves or our technology above faith in Christ?
With my boys (both Royal Rangers and my own three sons), I want them to learn to pray both from the Bible and from my own life. I want to be a deep man of prayer. A perfect day for me in 12 hours would be 4 hours in prayer, 4 hours in the Word, and 4 hours on the streets evangelizing. I want to instruct my boys to men of God, men who love Christ passionately. I want them to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), to devote themselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2). I want my boys to know what it means to find their dad wresting with God like Jacob did in Genesis 32:24. I want them to hear my crying out with tears for the lost (Romans 10:1). I want them to hear me interceding for all (1 Timothy 2:1-7). Oh that my boys would be men of prayer! Oh that they would learn to pray from me!
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1 that he wanted the Corinthians to imitate him. Do you want boys to imitate you? Do you want others to copy your prayer life? Your evangelism? Your time in the Word? Your deep love of Christ and His kingdom? Your obedience to God?
The Bible leaves no doubt that you and I are to pray for the lost. Notice these texts.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
This is a matter of spiritual warfare for the souls of people (Ephesians 6:12). Our duty before God is to preach (Mark 16:15) and to pray (1 Samuel 12:23). Our job is to cry out to the lost to be saved (Isaiah 58:1; Matthew 28:19) and to pray for the lost to be saved by the grace of Almighty God (2 Peter 3:9).
I pray that this post will stir you to pray for the lost. Over 130,000 will be dead and headed for hell by the time you finish reading this post. Pray for the Lord to save sinners for His glory!
I’ve seen on Twitter that there are over 100 brothers and sisters down in New Orleans for the Super Bowl with the single focus of evangelism. I rejoice in that! I prayed earnestly last night for the Lord to use them to exalt His name and His fame, for His holiness to be proclaimed, for the mighty servants of God to rise up and preach loud His gospel (Isaiah 58:1) and for the people at the Super Bowl to hear the gospel (Romans 10:14-17).
God alone saves sinners and I ask you to pray for the Lord to use the gospel to draw sinners to Himself just as He did us who are now redeemed (John 6:44; Titus 3:1-7).
Today is inauguration day in Washington DC. President Obama will be sworn in publicly as the President of the United States. I want to encourage Christians today to pray for President Obama and his family. Pray specifically these things:
- His salvation along with the salvation of his family (1 Timothy 2:1-6).
- Pray for God to grant him wisdom to lead (Proverbs 21:1).
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict him of sin when he sins or when he seeks to pass legislation based on greed, politics, or corruption (John 16:8-11).
- Pray for his eyes to be opened to the sinful decisions he has already made about abortion, homosexuality, and many other issues.
- Pray for God to be glorified in Obama’s second term as President (Daniel 4:32) and rejoice that God’s kingdom will crush all kingdoms including the kingdom of the United States (Daniel 2:44).
- Rejoice that Jesus is still Lord of all despite Obama being in the White House and He shall reign forever and ever (1 Timothy 6:15-16).
- Pray for the Democratic Party to turn away from a platform based on Romans 1:18-32 and its full rejection of God. Pray for God to have mercy and for Obama to turn the party away from ungodliness toward righteousness by the sovereign grace of God (Titus 1:1).
I also urge you to intercede for Congress and for state and local leaders taking office across the United States. Pray the same for them as above. Most important for the disciple of Christ is the understanding that Jesus is Lord of all (Romans 10:9-10) and He will crush all kingdoms by His own power and in His own timing (Acts 1:7).