Excellent! Get apart from the daily grind and get with God. This is where our power comes. Keep Bible reading and prayer together because Bible reading fuels our prayer life. Let us all have a closet life!
Great Sermon! Christians today have not prepared their hearts to seek the Lord and it is a sin, says Pastor Cairns. When Jesus says to enter your closet he is saying you must separate yourself from every distraction; that if you would have communion with God you must get away from everything that would hinder it. Remember Ezra, says Cairns. He PREPARED his heart to seek God. Do not rush into the presence of God. Attend first to God's Word; the Word and prayer must always go together. There must be a preparation and that preparation must be attending to God's Word. C.H. Waller once said out it this way: "Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth" is no bad preparation for "Hear Lord, for thy servant speaketh." If we would want to be able to speak, first of all listen. We have lost the secret of listening to our God.
"There is a place for continuing all night in prayer but prayer is not great because of it's length!", says Cairns. "it's great because of it's depth."
We will find that the Word will give us great thoughts of God, in preparation for prayer. You can actually pray your way thru the chapters of the Bible. When you come to any chapter, what does it teach you about Christ? The Word will convict you of your sin, enable you to pray, motivate you to.
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim,...