December 12 Mission Lesson: The Necessity of Prayer

Posted on Thu, Dec 9, 2004:

The Womenís Mission meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM.  This section contains the weekly lessons taken from the Womanís Home & Foreign Mission Society 2004 Guide and Program Book.  Lessons are added each week for you to study in preparation for the meetings.
December 12 Mission Lesson: The Necessity of Prayer
Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 18:1-14
            Prayer is fundamental to our faith in God.  It acknowledges our dependency on God and not on ourselves.  There are both proper and improper prayers, and God makes the distinction clear.  Among them are instructions not to be hypocritical in our praying.  Those who seek to impress others with perfect words or for prominence will only achieve the prominence.
            God prefers our prayers take place in secret, behind closed doors in our prayer closets.  When we pray to God in private, we draw closer to Him.  He will always hear and answer when we pray according to His will.  He listens for the sincere prayers of the heart, not empty words.
            Even though the Father already knows our needs, by praying to Him we acknowledge those needs and our dependency on the Father to meet them.  Sometimes Heís waiting to hear from us reverently in prayer before supplying those needs.  And just as the Father knows our needs, He also knows our sins.  Through prayer we have the opportunity to seek forgiveness and redemption.  Through prayer God sees the condition of our hearts.  He reveals Himself to us as we fellowship with Him.  He desires that we seek His counsel for all things.
You may post questions or comments on the website and our Mission President, Sister Joyce Mitchell, will respond online as quickly as possible.   Or you can send an email to Pastor Williams at and he will respond.

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