Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Getting Serious About Daily Prayer
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…a federal holiday set aside to honor the life and legacy of the man who help guide the nation toward providing civil rights for all races. And, in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman writes, “Why does the amount of time we spend in prayer matter?”
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…a federal holiday set aside to honor the life and legacy of the man who help guide the nation toward providing civil rights for all races.
Born on January 15, 1929, King led peaceful protests and promoted non-violence even as he spoke about discrimination across the United States during a time of profound racial tension and riots.
He was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968 at the young age of 39.
One of King’s most well known speeches was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as thousands gathered on the national mall on August 28, 1963.
Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.
In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman writes, “Why does the amount of time we spend in prayer matter? For one thing, you have a finite amount of time in this life. How you spend it says a lot about what matters to you. E. M. Bounds once wrote, “Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.” More time spent in prayer should be a priority for every believer.
In the first lesson on prayer in Matthew 6:6, Jesus made reference to time. He said, “When you pray….” There are at least three issues related to time to consider: First, how often should we pray? In the most famous prayer in the world Jesus instructed us to pray “this day” for our “daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Obviously, He expects us to pray every day.
Taking your prayer life seriously involves at least two things: time and space! Both time and space require something only you can give. You need the commitment to make it happen. If you don’t have a set time for prayer and a designated place for prayer, chances are you don’t have a consistent prayer life. You can change that.
Imagine what could happen if thousands of Christians made a commitment to increase their time and effectiveness in prayer. You cannot control what others do, but you can get serious about what you do. Now is the time to begin.”
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