Prayer has been one of those intimidating subjects throughout my years of
being a Christian. It seems like we deal with guilty feelings no matter the
quantity or quality time we spend in prayer. Prayer was never meant to be a
guilt producer, but and anxiety reliever.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17close1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, (ESV) close1 Thessalonians 5:16-17close1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, (ESV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, (ESV) “Always be joyful. Never stop praying.”
Pray continually, this seems impossible, but yet the heart of the verse is
to always be willing to bring God into your situation. Smith Wiggelsworth
(Amazing Man of Faith and Miracles in late 1800′s and early 1900′s) said it
like this, “I never pray more than 20 minutes and never go more than 20
minutes without praying.” This will revolutionize your prayer life, instead
of praying long periods of time (Although this is good when you can) learn
to pray in spurts. Learn to have consistent conversation with God, and
share with God what is going on in your life.
I love the parable of the persistent widow and unjust judge found in Luke
18. This parable illustrates how we should never give up praying about a
circumstance or situation in our life. This widow continually went back to
this unjust judge week after week, and because of her persistence the judge
ended up giving her the verdict she wanted. We need to learn to keep going
to God until we see something change, either in us or in the situation. A
great acronym to this idea is through the word PUSH…Pray Until Something
Happens; either in us or in the situation.
If you missed my latest message on “Talking with God“, check out May 20th’s
I hope you will make plans to join us this Sunday 9 or 11am as we continue
the series “Talking with God”