Summary: There is a necessity of a praying church.
Ephesians 6:18-19 KJV Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
I. INTRODUCTION—PRAYER HAS NO SUBSTITUTES
-There is no replacement for prayer. Church attendance, praise, singing, working for the church, giving can never replace your prayer. There are things that God wants to give to us that cannot be sung up, praised up, worked up, or preached up. They are things that will only be prayed up!
-Prayer is the key to heaven and faith can unlock that door. Prayer revivals are important for our church. Something happens when we give ourselves to praying for the lost, for revival, for ourselves.
-If you look to the past days of Pentecostal history, you will find prayer to be a key factor in the powerful events that took place during their days.
• Their churches were steeped in prayer.
• Their homes were baptized in prayer.
• Their preaching was preceded by prayer.
• Their altars were blanketed by prayer.
• Their witnessing was prepared by prayer.
• Everything they did was marked by prayer.
-We have to careful that we do not buy into lesser substitutes for prayer. Prayer is a place of surrender and there are a lot of problems and difficulties in our lives that would be resolved if we were given to prayer.
-God can do so much when we give ourselves to praying for things that really matter in life. Hezekiah was told that he was going to die and the Bible says he turned his face to the wall and prayed. God answered that prayer and added 15 years to his life.
-The Bible is filled with examples of prayers that were answered when people were in dire circumstances.
• Prayer for direction.
• Prayer for sick children.
• Prayer for deaf ears.
• Prayer for victory over defiant enemies.
• Prayer for cleansing.
• Prayer for renewal.
• Prayer for a host of other things that men needed from God.
-A saint, a preacher, a church cannot continue without prayer.
II. FIVE REASONS A CHURCH CANNOT CONTINUE WITHOUT PRAYER
-The great tragedy of our generation is that we want people to pray for us and we don’t want to pray for ourselves. We believe that prayer is an instant cure-all for everything going wrong in our lives. However, prayer is much more important than just being a consolation to you when you are in a trial or difficult time of pressure.
-Prayer is not like a drive through. It is not something that you just zip through and sing out a few requests and then expect the answer to be dropped right into a bag with no onions, no lettuce, and extra bacon on the burger!
-Just through a little outline, I am going to give you five reasons that we cannot continue without praying.
1. Prayer empties the heart of its cares.
-Without prayer, you will collect all kinds of baggage, stress, pressure, mental calamities, and a host of things that will drag you down. But there remedy for all of that is prayer.