“Pray without ceasing, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NIV
“The greatest deterrent to an effective prayer life is the belief that everything has to be right before I can pray.”
I’ve heard a few prayers in my life that seemed to go on forever. You? Ugh. But others, every word seemed so right. Time stood still. Prayers you could feel, that lingered after the last Amen. My Dad prayed like that. You could hear them over and over again. More than words, they were prayers that entered the presence of God.
That’s the key to powerful prayer.
God just wants you to come as you are. Martin Luther said, “The fewer words, the better prayer.” It’s spirit. It’s heart. It’s thought. Sometimes no matter what position your body is in your soul is on its knees. That is unceasing prayer. God loves it. You know why? Because He’s on your mind and that’s the first step to getting your heart right – and by the way, living in His will.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). Think that way. Pray that way.
When you pray do you ever feel like your words are bouncing off the ceiling, not going anywhere? Like your voice is the only one you can hear and the heavens are silent? If you’ve felt this way, take heart. The Apostle Paul said, “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18 NKJ). Jesus said “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart”. (Luke 18:1 NKJ) The implication of that statement is that some prayers are going to require perseverance. Mark Batterson wrote, “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God…. Most of us don’t get what we want because we quit praying. We give up too easily. We give up too soon.”
Be steadfast in your prayers; walk in step with the Spirit and learn His voice as He speaks to you. Remember, James 5:16 says, “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Your prayers make a difference. They are affecting outcomes. Virtually all the giants of the faith—the Moodys and Wesleys and the like, had one thing in common. They were men of persevering prayer.
Prayer to IGNITE:
Holy Spirit, prepare my heart and mind to hear you speak. Help me to pray always and not loose heart.