H.B. Charles Jr. serves as the senior pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Facts & Trends managing editor Matt Erickson caught up with him recently to talk about his new book, It Happens After Prayer: Biblical Motivation for Believing Prayer.
What were your goals for It Happens After Prayer?
Charles: First, I wanted it to be a book about prayer filled with Scripture, not stories. Testimonies of answered prayer are inspiring, but don’t have the authority of Scripture. Power in prayer comes from a mind and heart saturated with biblical truth, wisdom, and promises.
I also wrote this book to motivate the reader to pray. Some books beat you up about your lack of prayer. But that’s not the tone of Scripture. The word of God woos us to pray. And I wanted to write a book that had that same feel.
Why should we pray?
Charles: There are at least two biblical reasons why we should pray. First, we should pray because the word of God commands it. Prayer is an act of obedience. It is a sin not to pray. Second, we should pray because it works. God hears and answers prayers. It is the means by which our heavenly Father provides for His children.
What’s the most important lesson we can learn about prayer?
Charles: It happens after prayer. It really does. God hears and answers prayer. There are things we need God to do for us that will not happen until we pray. Sure, there are a lot of things we can do to help the situation after we pray. But there is nothing we can do to help the situation until we pray. When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works.
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SOURCE: Facts & Trends