People have different ways of handling similar problems. Some cry, complain, and spend countless hours talking about what they don’t have. Others declare war and shift the climate of their situation through prayer. Growing up in the Lord we used to call it war on the floor. It was the day of the week when we would come out and pray together. Here at City Lights we call it the prayer room, but it really serves as the warriors room. If I could trace back the reason for accelerated growth, I would have to say prayer night. When I ask people, “How’s your prayer life?”, the common responses are as follows:
1. Pastor, I have no privacy in my house to pray
2. I pray in the shower
3. I’m too busy
The bottom line is people are not praying. Jesus taught his disciples to pray all the time and also to pray together (Luke 18:1). Jesus’ disciples believed in prayer so much that in Acts chapter 6 they would not even let serving the widows get in the way of their time with God, which leads me to my next statement. Jesus did not come to make believers out of us, but disciples.
In the new testament the term believer is only mentioned 14 times, when disciple is mentioned over 200 times. All disciples are believers but not all believers are disciples. The Bible says in Acts 1:14 that the disciples would gather often to pray in agreement. Here at City Lights, we practice the same and have witnessed believers become disciples not because of a course (classes are important) but because they brought accountability to their prayer life. If you desire transformation then what you’re really desiring is time with God. Let us stop making excuses and make it our priority.