I am very grateful for people who offer prayer in times of trouble. Knowing that prayer changes things, that is what I want constant, and in the center of my existence. Yet, I struggle often with prayer. That is, struggle to begin. I may pray the first thing each morning. I regard that as vital to the day, and that should not be the end of it. Conversation with God throughout the day brings the Divine into every encounter, every action, and into every thought. Bringing the Lord Almighty, El Shaddai, Abba, into every moment of every day draws me into tight relation with Him, and builds my faith, to utter trust in Him. If things go awry, I am not bewildered, perplexed, or helpless. Peace rules the storm.
I see much of the problem is self, and of course, busyness. Then there is outside influence. That is having to focus on work, or conversation, etc. And there is also an enemy that seeks to separate me from my Abba, with his constant harangue of my past and how I am too busy to pray. Oh yes, there is a real devil, working real evil. Do good, think good, live to serve God and others, and you’ll believe in his reality. (But this is not about him.)
Jesus, in Luke 18, taught on prayer:
“Then he spoke a parable to them that men ought always to pray and not lose heart. ‘There was in a certain city, a judge who did not fear God, nor regard man.” (the judge didn’t care what you or God thought) Now there was a widow in that city that came to him saying; “Get justice for me from my adversary.”
“And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself; ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her CONTINUAL coming, she wearies me.'”
Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said, “And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out DAY and NIGHT to Him, though He bears long with them?”
“I tell you, He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (vs 1-8 NKJV)
This passage says volumes about success or failure in praying. For one, the woman in the parable didn’t ask once, like a bulldog, she wouldn’t let it go. The arrogant judge caved and gave her what she wanted. God is not unjust and will hear and answer those who pray with diligence, or even those who are determined to pray until God answers. Our failure, without doubt is not asking, or not believing, or our unwillingness to be diligent in asking.
Prayer is a habit. It is a habit that alters everything. First of all, it changes the one praying. Pray for those you do not like, and you will see them differently. Then by praying, you stop wishing foolishly, that things will improve. Relentless prayer puts God into action…quickly.
I cannot tell you how often I have watched people new to recovery from addictions, asking God daily for help, and His responding, their life changing in dramatic ways. You don’t believe in God? Say this every day for a week or two, “God, if you do exist, show me you are real.” You will be contacted by the home office.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.