Ezra 8:21-23 “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, & all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers & horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, ‘The hand of our God is for good on all who seek Him, & the power of His wrath is against all who forsake Him.’ So we fasted & implored our God for this, & He listened to our entreaty.”
Part 3 of “The Praying Church” series will focus on the first three principles of corporate prayer. All corporate prayer will have a sense of desperation, a serious focus, and a “one voice” approach. The church needs to consider vertical prayer rather than horizontal prayer; we need to focus more on God’s will and intent instead of the needs and request of the people. How do we do this without neglecting the needs of God’s people? This sermon addresses this important concern.