The Lord has been revealing to me the power of prayer. A few weeks ago, I read, "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti. I highly recommend it, though be forewarned...it is not for the faint at heart! After the first three chapters, my prayer life was changed. Sometimes, we need a "visual" image to help us understand. Actually "seeing" the spiritual warfare and the impact of prayer makes you want to engage in the battle. Prayer is not easy and Satan wants to distract us from using our source of strength.
“Depend upon it, if you are bent on prayer, the devil will not leave you alone. He will molest you, tantalize you, block you, and will surely find some hindrances, big or little or both. And we sometimes fail because we are ignorant of his devices…I do not think he minds our praying about things if we leave it at that. What he minds, and opposes steadily, is the prayer that prays on until it is prayed through, assured of the answer.” Mary Warburton Booth
In a battle, you do not fire only one shot and then think you have done your part. You are constantly penetrating the enemy, fighting for the good. Prayer is so much more that just a little saying...it is talking to our Father, Creator, Sustainer, Healer, Almighty God. I have been guilty, in my prayer life, of just getting it done and checking it off the list. When that happens, I am missing out on communing with my Savior and interceding on behalf of my family in Christ.
" Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..." (Ephesians 6:18)
"Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees."
Corrie ten Boom
I encourage you to talk to the Lord, during your quiet time, but also throughout the day. Bring the little problems to Him and grow in your fellowship. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. Also, use your time of prayer to praise Him! If you are a child of the King, we have so much to be thankful for!
I have definitely not arrived, in this area, and it is a daily struggle, but I purpose to strive to engage in the battle! I encourage you to pray...it is our strength!
"...[the] power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal." Charles H. Spurgeon
Remaining in Him,