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Purpose: The Development of One’s Prayer Life analyzes how prayer develops at various levels of Christian living through The Flow including identifying what problems occur when prayer does not properly develop and how to strengthen our prayer lives at each level of spiritual growth.
Right after Paul listed the parts of the spiritual armor in Ephesians 6, Paul says Ephesians 6:18. Prayer is so essential!
“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).
The reason prayer is mentioned is that it is through prayer that the armor can be put on and kept on! Without constant prayer, our responses are weakened and we are vulnerable to the evil one’s attack (Ephesians 6:16). We need to pray regularly for ourselves and for others.
This growth chart called ‘The Flow’ is developed primarily from the Apostle John’s insight into the spiritual life process stated in 1 John 2:12-14 but can in parts be found elsewhere referred to (see podcast to the right).
We will first briefly discuss the seeker, those seeking the kingdom of God, which forms the entrance to God’s family though these are not officially part of God’s kingdom.
On the far right we have a circle representing the leadership stage, but we must remember that this is really just a part of what should be the third circle. Our focus is on the believer. Each fits into one of the three circles between the two lines.
Do remember as we go through this chart in this article, we will primarily speak about how prayer develops. We could talk about how other parts of the Christian life grows, but we have referred to these things elsewhere in length.
The seeker’s first sign of life is his or her desire to pray. It might be something like, “God if you are real, come into my life. Forgive my sin through Jesus.” Genuine prayer (as opposed to ritualistic prayer) is one’s spiritual lifeline.
A person does not automatically come to the Lord when he or she prays, but often prayer plays an important part of their repentance, confession and request for the Lord to save and lead his or her life.
Now let us continue on and see the developing role of prayer in the believer's life. At each stage there is a self evaluation. You might be surprised to discover what you find out about your prayer life!