The week of prayer has been a great time of encouragement and blessing. We can never underestimate just how important prayer is in the life of the individual and the local Church. It is as Rowland Hill said, "the breath of a new born soul & there can be no life without it."
Prayer is like breathing. Just as breathing needs air, so the soul too needs prayer. It's something that we have to do, for just as we stop breathing, we die, so will our spiritual lives become life less if we don't pray.
Remember how the Psalmist puts it in Psalm 84, "My soul longs and even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God."
Prayer is an incredible, hidden, powerful ministry, where God gives life to others through our prayers and that in turn brings forth incredible thankfulness to God.
Of course as I said last Friday, it's a battle and a struggle, but remember we have the Holy Spirit who makes intercession for us and prays for us and makes things move for us.
We have a great high priest, who also prays for us.
So let us not lose heart, but be encouraged to pray, because he works in those who pray, and who serve him.
I commend this ministry that we may continue to persevere in prayer.