Challenges concerning Prayer

8 Oct

A boy was visiting his Auntie in England for a week over the Summer, they had a good relationship, talking regularly about many things and enjoyed good laughs together. One night, when the Aunt was tucking her nephew into bed, she asked him, “Now I hope you are saying your prayers every night?” The boy replied, “Not every night Auntie”. “Well why not?” asked the Aunt. “Because there are some times when I don’t need any thing” replied the boy.

PrayerJust want to leave a few very simple challenges out to every one concerning prayer. As most of us are back into the swing of things, be it school, college, university, placements or work, i’m sure every one will have felt a few more pressures here and there on their time.

I was challenged recently, during these times, how committed to prayer are we? Are we still keeping regular times throughout the day of well managed prayer, or has it all got a bit messy? Perhaps saying a prayer before our meals is the only sort of prayer we can squeeze in these days.

Hopefully your prayers have not become like that in the story above, where we just fit in five minutes of asking our Father in Heaven of needs and wants for our lives. I would challenge you to consider the masterclass of prayer that Christ gives us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-13), here we see a perfect example of how to lay out our prayers before God.

First we are to be thinking upward, praying to God in Heaven, and giving Him the praise and glory he deserves. Then thinking outward, praying for the work of His Kingdom, for evangelism and for the unsaved. Finally thinking inward, asking our great provider for our needs but also asking for help against the evil one.

Think on the description of prayer that Psalm 25:1 leaves us with, ‘To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul’. Let prayer become the cement of your life.

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of John Newton’s many hymns:

Thou art coming to a king.

Large petitions with thee bring.

His grace and powers are such,

None can ever ask too much.

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One Response to “Challenges concerning Prayer”

  1. Polprav October 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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