Most of us are not confused as to why certain things in our lives are the way they are neither are we confused as to how to change them. I am of necessity speaking in generalizations but we know more truth than we’re living. In those moments when we examine difficult and taxing situations we face, and we desperately want a solution, we usually know what the solution is. Unfortunately, we all too often trade what we need and really want for what we want right now.
We know we need to be more disciplined, we know we need to be more dedicated and we know we need to pray more. Not only more but properly. James 4 tells us that we “have not because we ask not” and that when we ask we often “ask amiss”, namely, that we may consume what we ask for upon our lusts and passions. In other words, God doesn’t answer prayers you don’t pray and God doesn’t answer carnal prayers.
Real power in prayer is found when we bring our will into agreement with God’s will. Pray in His will, pray His Word and you’ll find God attentive and active.
We need to not only learn to pray but to actually pray. If the Christian life is worth living it’s worth living poorly. Meaning, no matter how feeble your attempts may feel continue attempting. Soon enough your weak prayer life will become a strong prayer life through faithfulness and experience.
After all, prayer is not simply a monologue. It’s not me dictating a list of demands to God. Prayer is a dialogue whereby God and I draw closer together. Prayer is as much about me hearing from God as it is God hearing from me.
So pray. Pray for your family. Pray for your city. Pray for your nation. Pray for the church. Pray for renewal and for a revival of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.