I mentioned in my post a couple days ago that I wanted to be honest and real with this and hopefully it would resonate with others.
Well, here’s a confession:
I don’t pray enough…
I read this book a couple weeks ago that has totally wrecked my life as a husband, a father, and a pastor (thanks Charlie Cole).
Leonard Ravenhill (and I can hear the pastors reading this, who know Ravenhill, grunt in agreement) wrote a book years ago that is titled, “Why Revival Tarries,” and within this book he talks about prayer and the power of it! Here are just a few things he said:
The man who can get believers to praying would, under God, usher in the greatest revival that the world has ever known.
Oh! my ministering brethren! Much of our praying is but giving God advice! Our praying is discolored with ambition, either for ourselves or for our denomination. Perish the thought! Our goal must be God alone. It is His honor that is sullied, His blessed Son who is ignored, His laws broken, His name profaned, His Book forgotten, His house made a circus of social efforts.
No man is greater than his prayer life.
The ugly fact is that altar fires are either out or burning very low. The prayer meeting is dead or dying. By our attitude to prayer we tell God that what was begun in the Spirit we can finish in the flesh. What church ever asks its candidating ministers what time they spend in prayer? Yet ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen, degrees or no degrees.
(^^^That last one hit me pretty hard!)
Have you ever felt like you had the time to pray that long? We, at least I, live in such a busy world where our time has become the most valuable to us yet the most wasted.
I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. – Martin Luther
Listen, I understand! I’m there! I know it’s difficult to spend that much time in prayer! I know there are other things we’d rather do during that time! There are many shows on Netflix to binge during that time! There are people to hang out with! There is homework to be done, jobs to be headed to, housework and yard work needed to be done! I know!
I don’t pray enough because I put all these other things first. I find my desire more in worldly things (at times) than in Godly things (and this is called sin, boys and girls).
I don’t pray enough because I’m lazy. I know I could get up early mornings and pray for hours, but I value my sleep more than I value conversing with God (confession).
I’m not saying this to say it’s okay for me to do this. I do pray, and I’m working on praying longer intercessory prayers, having longer conversations with God.
Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work. – Oswald Chambers
I am saying this to say that we need to return to prayer. We need to get back to the importance of conversing with the Creator of the Universe. We need to give Him thanks and adoration! We need to be confessing our sins to Him and begging for forgiveness! We need to be presenting our requests to a Sovereign God!
Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held. — E. M. Bounds
I want to pray like that…