The High Cost of Prayer

I. IT WILL COST TIME

It requires time to begin to pray, to get in the spirit of prayer, to get under the burden, to continue in prayer. Time is precious and is God-given. The Bible commands us to redeem it.

II. IT WILL COST ENERGY

Intense and fervent praying is such a great task it costs us energy. It will cost mental energy, physical energy, and spiritual energy.

III. IT WILL COST PERSECUTIONS

Prayer will not go unchallenged by Satan. Persecutions, opposition, and hindrances will come from Satan, worldly people, and even from nominal Christians.

IV. IT WILL COST HUMILITY

Humility is a beautiful and rare virtue. Many people consider it will cost them too much to humble themselves. A person cannot be efficient in praying when pride is in the heart. God will not hear a person who has pride in his heart, but He will resist him.

V. IT WILL COST SOUL AGONY

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed. All who have prayed earnestly before the Lord know that they can always pray the best when their souls are burdened, exercised, and the longing of the heart has inward agony.

VI. IT WILL COST RETIREMENT

The person who never desires to get alone with God does not know much about praying. He who never seeks to get alone with God, but desires social contact and to be with other people constantly, does not rise higher than the people with whom he constantly associates.

VII. IT WILL COST YOU YOURSELF

A person cannot be efficient or at his best in prayer that holds himself in reserve, or that is not fully consecrated to the Lord.

Seven Contributions Every Christian Should Make

Acts 3:1-6

I. YOUR CONTRIBUTION OF A GOOD ATTITUDE

"For as he thinketh within himself, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7).

A Christian filled with the grace of God is courteous, gentle, kind, tenderhearted His sincere attitude is a stimulant to any service of the Lord and to the church.

II. YOUR CONTRIBUTION OF ATTENDANCE

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

III. YOUR CONTRIBUTION OF SERVICE

  1. Service for God
    1. A Divine requirement (Deuteronomy 10:12).
    2. Results in great joy (Luke 10:17).
  2. Service to humanity
    1. A universal duty (Galatians 6:2).
    2. A mark of greatness (Mark 10:43, 44).

IV. THE GIFT OF PRAISE

  1. Should be given to God (Psalm 117:1, 2; Psalm 150:1-6)
  2. In psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18, 19).
  3. In the church (Ephesians 2:20, 21).

V. THE GIFT OF CONCESSION

"The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression" (Proverbs 19:11).

A Christian turns the other cheek, walks the second mile and places his desires secondary to the welfare of others.

VI. THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE, THANKSGIVING

"Be anxious in nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6, 7).