Part 7: Prayer

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Oswald Chambers notably says, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” We often hear the word prayer and think this is something that prepares us for the next step, or prayer is merely an opportunity to come before God and ask Him for things. In reality, prayer is so much more! Prayer is direct communion with God. The same God who holds the stars in place and who knew me before I was born, yearns to hear from me and wants to be known. Through prayer, I see my own neediness and how God is always at work. Seek to grow in your commitment to prayer today! Incredible things happen in our lives when we commit to being men and women of prayer.


Prayer undergirds everything we do. (Rolling Hills Core Values)  James 5:13-16


  • is supposed to be our first instinct, not our last resort.
  • is both individual and collective.
  • is an expression of faith in God and worship unto God.
  • is connected to our forgiveness and our future. 

What constitutes righteousness? 

Life in Christ
…and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippians 3:9 

Our righteousness is afforded through Jesus and gives us access to God in prayer.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19  

So, how do we pray? 

In the manner Jesus prescribed.
This, then, is how you should pray: Matthew 6:9a 

Using tools to aid & develop in discipline: 

Keep in mind, it’s the audience of our prayer that matters most and what makes it effective.
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly… James 5:17

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