Jan 03, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Francis Chan's Secret Weapon To Boost Your Prayer Life

In an edifying heart-to-heart style video shared by The Gospel Coalition, pastor and teacher Francis Chan offered one epic yet practical key to jump-starting your prayer life. 

"Pointing to the glorious throne room scenes in Revelation 4 and 5 and to Paul’s weakness in prayer in Romans 8," TGC says, " [Chan] suggests that the most powerful lesson we must learn in our prayer is to be humble."

"Be humble. Think about that scene in Revelation 4 and 5. Do I dare approach that throne? And yet now Scripture says I can," Chan declares. "Who am to come before that throne?"

Chan traces this godly humility back to Romans 8:26, in which Paul says, “we do not know what to pray for as we ought.”

"I don’t know what to pray, I don’t know how I should pray or what to pray for," Chan explains. "I need you Holy Spirit, and God give me the words to say that are according to your will. And Paul says that 'the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.'"

“I’m coming before him? The King? I don’t even know what to say," Chan says, modeling what that authentic humility looks like. "But he says that I can pray in the Spirit, and the Spirit is going to intercede for me and through me."

"We don’t understand what a mystery, what an honor we get to come before the throne of God," Chan continued, lamenting the cavalier attitudes so many in churches seem to have about their direct line to the Creator of heaven and earth.

"Instead, I hear people that almost act like they’re doing God a favor by showing up to a service. We’re so used to people begging you to show up for a prayer meeting. So when they finally attend, everyone is patting them on the back, and they end up feeling pretty good about themselves," he added. "We can’t approach the throne like that.

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