Wednesday is for Prayer
As our church aims at the goal of becoming a church that is extraordinary in its devotion to prayer, it is a good time to be honest about one of the biggest obstacles we face in life as it relates to prayer.
Prayer is a constant battle.
And that is what makes it so hard–its constancy.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, speaking of the constancy of waiting in prison made the following observation in prison that I think applies equally well to prayer:
“Great battles are easier to fight and less wearing
than the daily guerrilla war.”
Isn’t that exactly our struggle with prayer? We pray most fervently when our backs are to the wall in some great struggle of soul. But in the daily grind of fighting the subtleties of temptation and the wickedness of our own hearts and inclinations, we fight less fervently, less well. That, brothers and sisters, is why we need accountability in prayer. And that is also why we need to be engaged in the battle.
Like bicycle riding and even the art of reading, you learn to do it by doing it. First efforts to ride a bike or read, though celebrated by parents and children alike, are on close examination, pretty pathetic. But as the practicer practices, a day comes when they can do it. To learn to pray, you have to pray. Or as I have said before, you need to pray until you pray.
All Believers: There are no shortcuts. You need to pray until you pray.
Church Planters: Make sure you build that into your ministry.
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