The Necessity of Prayer

This past Wednesday evening we kicked off our study on prayer using Tim Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. The introduction contained a testimony from Keller’s own experience that had driven home to him the necessity of prayer. I’ve been thinking on it ever since. He writes that his wife, Kathy, was urging him toward prayer together every night in light of overwhelming personal and ministry related trials facing them both. She shared with him this illustration:


Imagine you were diagnosed with such a lethal condition that the doctor told you that you would die within hours unless you took a particular medicine- a pill every night before going to sleep. Imagine you were told that you could never miss it or you would die. Would you forget? Would you not get around to it some nights? No- it would be so crucial that you wouldn’t forget, you would never miss. Well, if we don’t pray together, we’re not going to make it because of all we are facing. I’m certainly not. We have to pray, we can’t let it just slip our minds.


I need to pray. You need to pray. We must pray. Yes, God has ordained whatsoever comes to pass (Ephesians 1:11) but He has also ordained that His will is accomplished through our prayers (see Philippians 1:19). Let’s pray.

I invite you to join us tonight at 7PM as we continue to explore prayer. We’ll have dessert just to “sweeten” the offer! I believe you’ll be encouraged and helped in your own prayer life and the ministry of HLPC will be the stronger and healthier for it