I wonder if your life and your family and your ministry are visibly sustained by prayer. Or to put it another way, I wonder if prayer is the visible engine that constantly calls down the power of God in your life and your family and your ministry. Is prayer manifestly central, or is it peripheral?

The reason prayer is essential to your Christian life and family and ministry is that you exist and your family exists and your ministry exists to do the humanly impossible: magnifying Christ, being supremely satisfied in Christ in life and death, experiencing the unity of love in the cause of the gospel, being fearless before your adversaries, being humble and counting others more significant than yourselves — all of this is humanly impossible.

God has established prayer as the means by which we receive supernatural help. And without supernatural help, we cannot live a life worthy of the gospel. Everything that distinguishes Christians from the world in a Christ-exalting way is a work of God’s supernatural grace. And God has ordained that this grace flows to us through prayer. That’s why prayer must be central, not peripheral to your life and family and ministry.

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