Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Prayer: Exciting, Encouraging, Engaging (Lessons from Earth’s Golden Age, Part 2) (Praying Through the Bible #111)

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TEXT: Zechariah 8:20-22:

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.”

Last week, we began looking at three verses that are part of a prophetic passage about what will happen during the coming reign of Jesus Christ on earth. The Bible tells us that in the future, Jesus Christ will rule the world for a thousand years from the city of Jerusalem. This passage was of particular encouragement to the Jewish people at the time it was given because their nation had been devastated by war and much of it was in ruins. Jerusalem, at that time, was not a place where many people were eager to go. However, this passage shows us that in that future golden age, those who go to seek the Lord in Jerusalem are eager to do so. They do so gladly and with great anticipation. Although the people spoken of will be living in far better times than we could ever imagine, we ought to emulate their joyous spirit as we go into the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords every day through prayer.

First, we saw from their example, how we ought to be excited about prayer. Our passage states, “It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities… saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord.” Prayer, as simple as it sounds, is hard work that the devil fights against. He does not want us to pray, and he will do everything in his power to stop us from praying. Because of this opposition, many Christians approach prayer as if it is a drudgery. However, when we really think about the benefits and blessings that we gain through prayer, it ought to make us excited and eager to pray. We ought to look forward to going to the midweek prayer meeting. We ought to be enthusiastic about gathering our family members together for prayer. We ought to look forward to going into our prayer closet and getting alone with God.

The second thing we learn from their example is that we ought to encourage others to pray. The people of the Millennial era are not only concerned about their own prayer lives, but they are encouraging others to pray. Notice how they say, “Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts.” These believers want others to experience the blessings and benefits of a prayerful life.

If you are genuinely excited about prayer, it logically follows that you will encourage others to pray. Have you ever read a powerful book, or watched a great movie, or listened to a wonderful song? One of your first impulses would have been to tell somebody else about it. Why? Because you want them to get out of it what you got out of it. You want them to have the same experience that you had.

In the New Testament, we see this example repeated over and over again. Andrew meets Christ, and then he goes and tells Peter. Philip meets Christ, and then he goes and tells Nathanael. The Samaritan woman meets Christ, and then she goes and tells a whole town. We, too, ought to be about the business of encouraging others to pray.

David Bryant said, ‘We must be released from the idea that we must be great prayer warriors before we call others to prayer.’ You may not feel like you are a giant of the faith or a giant in prayer. That should not hinder you from inviting and encouraging others to pray. Whoever you are and whatever situation you are in, you ought to be excited about prayer, and you ought to be encouraging others to pray.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. Please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

The good news is found in John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.