Prayer is the need of this hour yet few are those who tarry with God for even one hour of prayer. The great tragedy of the American church is the absence of pray-ers in her ranks. Yet this great fact is often lost on all of us, even me! I need prayer and yet too often fail to pray. How can we become praying person and enjoy the fellowship and power of God in our life?
There is no power apart from prayer. The believer in Christ can only find true power for his or her life in the prayer closet. Every mature believer in Christ has always understood the whole of their success with Christ to be found in their prayers. If you are not praying daily then you are paying daily; paying for your lack of time with Christ in ways known and unknown. When prayer-less-ness defines us then failure soon follows. We need Jesus and we find Him by grace, through faith and in the prayer closet.
Evangelist Leonard Ravenhill on the importance of prayer:
- “A man who kneels before God will stand before men”
- “A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men”
- Let the fires go out in the boiler room of the church and the place will still look smart and clean, but it will be cold. The Prayer Room is the boiler room for its spiritual life
- At the judgement seat the most embarrassing thing the believer will face will be the smallness of his praying
- Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great detergent
Prayer is to the Christian what water is to the fish. More than that, prayer is the essence of our existence as Christians. Apart from prayer we never become a Christian and apart from continued prayer we never act as one.
Becoming a praying man or woman is not easy. Such men are made in the crucible of a refining fire which has for its heat the Holy Spirit of the Living God. There is no substitute for time on your face and no escape from the presence of the Living God found there. To become one who prays we must simply get to the business of praying and not give up when it becomes difficult to stay. The process itself and the Spirit accompanying it will break us of our hard heartedness and independence.
The clear teaching of Jesus on the subject of prayer is found in Luke 11 and Matthew 7. The “Lord’s Prayer” guides us into the pattern or outline of all prayer. Luke 11:5-13 gives us the sense of persistence and faith necessary for success in any and all prayer. It is the one who come to the Lord with faith, persistence and an end of himself that will find a changed life and true understanding of the powered privilege of prayer.
E.M. Bounds once said, “The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men.” Better men are made in prayer. Will you and I choose to spend the time, persevere and follow Christ in the school of prayer? There is no substitute for “Just doing it.” There is no short cut or reprieve from the hard work necessary if one would become a praying man or woman. Will you and I persevere and pray? I pray you we will for the hour in which we live necessitates it and we ourselves are in desperate need of it.
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