6 Reasons to Pray

By Pastor Dennis Boris, Kazakhstan

1. Prayer helps us with understanding the Word of God. Just as the Word of God helps us to pray, so the prayer helps us with an understanding of the Word of God. Oftentimes when you pray about the passage that is not clear God gives you a better and deeper understanding of that passage. Besides that, prayer cements what’s been read in the Word. 

2. Prayer draws us closer to God. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Ps.145:18)”. If you want to be closer to God, pray! 

3. Prayer calibrates our wishes and desires and heals our laziness and foolishness. We pray so that our desires are such that God could listen to them. None of us would pray for something sinful. You would be ashamed to mention anything like that in prayer. Besides that, prayer heals us from laziness and foolishness of our souls. Do you know why we don’t receive what we ask for? There are 2 reasons for that. First is mentioned in James 4:2. We simply don’t ask. Laziness. Second, we don’t ask in accordance with God’s will (James 4:3). Foolishness. Prayer heals us from laziness and foolishness of our souls. We don’t know what we want. Let us pray for God’s will to be done. “He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them (Ps.145:19)”. Pray the prayers that God cannot answer. Pray for the unity of the church, for the growth in holiness and so on. 

4. Prayer makes us grateful. We ask God for something and when we receive it, we are filled with gratefulness. We always receive good gifts from God because “every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17)”. Let us pray and ask and be grateful for God’s goodness in our lives. 

5. Prayer puts us in our proper place. Prayer reminds us that we can’t do anything on our own. All prayers are reminders of our dependence and inability. Every prayer screams, “I can’t! Help me, God!” I cannot understand your Word, obey it, share it unless you help. Help me, O Lord! “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise (Jer.17:14).” 

6. Prayer helps us get reconciled with people and get people reconciled with God. If somebody irritates you, annoys you; if somebody hurt you, pray for him or her. Take it, as a rule, to talk to God about the man before you talk to the man. The same rule applies to evangelism. Talk to God about the man before you talk to the man about God. 

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Life Eternal - by Pastor Denis Boris, Kazakhstan

Are you alive? Are you in Christ? Do you yearn for Christlikeness? Does your life bring the peaceable fruit of righteousness? If you don’t have this true life, repent and believe. If you do, live it. Live it to the full, knowing that you were created for such a life. Praise be to our Savior Christ Jesus who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Tim.1:10).

Pastor Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

Despite people’s general ignorance on the topic of church membership, they were hungry for the Word and eager to learn. While there are some zealous Christians in Almaty, they need more training so that they would not divert into theological error. The church can and must be such a guarantor that will teach and equip believers to stay faithful to God through being faithful to His bride.

Pastor Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

This week we met with a couple that used to be on staff of one prosperity gospel church in town. They left the church 2 years ago bitter and disillusioned. We met and spoke for 5 hours straight. It was a difficult and yet immensely encouraging conversation. They came to our church the last week of 2017. We hope to start discipling them. I gave them the books “9 Marks of a Healthy Church” and “Knowing God”. Please pray for Levon and Violetta to come back to the Lord and possibly join our church.

The Power of God - by Denis Boris, Kazakhstan

Oftentimes we find ourselves in a situation when we don’t have any power to go on. Oftentimes it happens when problems pile up. And before we have dealt with the first problem, another is right there and another and yet another one. Stress is mounting, and strength is failing. At such times we rush to the things that we know used to help us but nothing seems to work.

At such times, we need to come to our senses and preach to ourselves that we are not in control of our lives. God is.

Pastor Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

When we explained to him that the blood of Christ is thicker than our shared bloodlines, he said the following: “I don’t have brothers or sisters. I am the only child in my family but tonight I really felt that I am a part of a bigger family.” Those words served me so much. I love him. And I am ready for more ‘family’ dinners, lunches and breakfasts.

Pastor Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

My deep and strong desire is to see converts. I long to see God convert souls under the ministry of our church. There was one lady whom we believe that God converted under our ministry but she left our country and we are not sure about how she is doing now. Since then we have not seen yet one conversion. Please pray with us that God would bless our labors and instill in our hearts a greater zeal for the salvation of the lost.

Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

Right at the beginning of July I conducted a class on hermeneutics for Kazakh-speaking pastors. It was arranged by my brother and partner in the Gospel, Bagid. The lecture was translated into Kazakh. It went for the whole day with a break for lunch. It went very well and was received with great enthusiasm. We decided to have another class on hermeneutics soon to allow the students to practice their skills. Please pray that more preachers would hear and see that expositional preaching is a biblical way to preach the Bible. I also plan to conduct a similar class for lay people of our church so that they see the beauty of the Scriptures and grow in appreciation of an expositional preaching.