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The Unattractive Side Of Prayer…

Pastor Andrew SchankThe prayer life of the believer is where the real work is done. So much goes on in, around and through the child of God when he or she is engaged in prayer. An unseen battle is waged and soon becomes tiresome. One only has to look at the Matthew’s account of the night Jesus was betrayed to see this (Matthew 26:36-46). If only people could see what an opportunity there really is in PRAYER!

(Psalms 65:2) O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. (KJV)

Most Christians do not avail themselves of what their prayer life could be. Many acknowledge and confess that they are dissatisfied with the meagerness. Others are completely stagnate due to lack of faith or understanding in how to pray. Regardless of the reasons why someone’s prayer life is lacking, it ought to burden us that much more to repent of this sin!

God hears our prayers! His omniscience is acquainted with our needs long before we comprehend them. He is also aware of what we should pray for concerning the needs for others and life events we are involved in. God’s Spirit moves upon us to meditate and consider a wide range of things. Issues such as our own personal growth, others’ personal spiritual growth, the ministries of the local assembly and missionary endeavors are just a few examples. The fellowship and communion of this caliber is awesome. God shares His own concerns with us and we share ours with Him! This is not a passive exercise at all for God’s omnipotence enables things to be accomplished!

(Isaiah 55:6) Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (KJV)

(Matthew 7:7-8) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (KJV)

(Philippians 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (KJV)

The Bible teaches us that we are not only invited to pray, but we are commanded to pray. The invitation is comforting when we are in need, and the command is challenging to us in the battle of God’s work! How can any devoted Christian not see the opportunities in prayer?

Let’s face it, there is an unattractive side to praying. If we are not filled with the Spirit of God, then we are not going to be in prayer very long. The burden obtained in the prayer closet is not to be taken lightly. One has to labor and work with it. The sweat and tears are worth every hour! Brother Jowett said it right… 

“All vital praying makes a drain on a man’s vitality. True intercession is a sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice.” J. H. Jowett

If only someone would take this post serious enough to consider their own prayer life. If only somebody would seek God for who He is and not so much for what one can get from Him. If only more would really pray. The bookshelves are littered with the testimonies of yesteryear of how prayer moved the hand of God in revivals, conversions, and miracles! It is so sad that we have no time for prayer.

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