Broken by the Need for Prayer: Prayer is Rigorous. You Really Have to Pray

Tuesday is for Prayer

[Updated for Spring 2023]

Prayer (You actually have to pray)We make the mistake sometimes of thinking that prayer is boring. That it is less important now that my eyes are heavy with sleep, or now with all “I have to get done.”

We are fools. 

  • Why is it our eyes get heavy precisely when we attempt prayer?
  • Why is it that our “to do list” is more important than conversation with the greatest being in the universe?
  • Why is it that our agenda is more enticing than God’s agenda for us?

Easiest and best answer:

we fail to discern spiritual battle and we have a warped theology. Our every day practical theology says that what we do is more important than what God does or wants to do with us or through us. So we go about our agenda prayerlessly or nearly so.

Second, we fail to discern that there is an evil force, an evil personality in the world that seeks to destroy our communication lines with our Commander in Chief. The devil, and he is real, does not want us to hear from our maker and redeemer. The-Pit-Destined-One does not want our human flesh animated and empowered by the supernatural working of the Spirit of God. The deceiver wants to trick us into believing that we can get by without daily dependence in and on prayer. And we, I, fall for it every day, multiple times a day. 

What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.*

*Bounds, E. M. (1999). Power through Prayer. Oak Harbor,
WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

A season is coming. We are entering a great season of celebration of the resurrection and the announcement of of good news for all peoples. Winter has been brutal for most of the country this year. But Spring will come, it’s just around the corner. Let’s make this season a renewal of our commitment to prayer. Let’s lead our people into the throne room of God. Here’s just a few practical suggestions.

  1. Train your elders to pray. It will help both you and them.
  2. Count every meeting with a saint a failure that does not include prayer.
  3. Train your elders to count every Sunday a loss if they don’t pray with one or more of the saints.
  4. Saturate your heart with great thoughts on prayer. E.M. Bounds is not a bad place to start.
  5. Saturate your prayers with the word of God. Pray through a Psalm a day. 

4 thoughts on “Broken by the Need for Prayer: Prayer is Rigorous. You Really Have to Pray

  1. Progressive forward momentum for God’s glory is wrought in prayer day by day and moment by moment. A man too busy to pray is busier than God wants him to be.


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