“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.” – Paul E. Billheimer
Prayer is not a religious doctrine, it is not a man made tradition, it is not a suggestion, it is the way to personally know and converse with God. If you don’t pray, you won’t have a personal relationship with God. If you don’t have a personal relationship with God how can you have faith? If you don’t have faith, then you are not a believer.
“Those who do not believe do not pray. This is a good functional definition of faith. Faith prays, unbelief does not.” – John A. Hardon
One of the most common self defeating problems I find amongst spiritually weak individuals who say they are Christian is that most of them don’t pray often, don’t pray anymore or have never prayed at all. When I ask them why they don’t pray, the differing reasons not only vary but at times are overwhelming. Amongst some of the more common reasons I’ve heard are; they were never taught how to pray, they don’t know what to say, once they get “right” with God they will, they don’t have the time, they feel uncomfortable, they don’t want to bother God, they feel they are unworthy and some just say they’ll get to it sometime.
Not to put it harshly but any reason someone may have as to why they don’t pray is ultimately an excuse. It’s an excuse to keep God out of their life, it’s an excuse to continue feeling hopeless, it’s an excuse to keep from changing and it’s an excuse to not live righteously. Nevertheless, I have great news for some of you excuse makers. Today you are going to overcome the obstacles in your prayer life.
For those of you who were never taught how to pray and don’t know what to say, let me begin by telling you that there is no such thing as the correct way to pray. While there are prewritten prayers and there are hundreds of suggestions on how to pray, there is not a single incorrect way to pray. The only way to screw up prayer is to not do it!
“The great people of the earth today are the people who pray! I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor those who explain prayer; but I mean those who actually take the time to pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. That something else is important, very important and pressing, but still, less important and pressing than prayer. There are people who put prayer first, and group the other items in life’s schedule around and after prayer.” – S.D. Gordon
So instead of having a reason as to why you don’t pray, let’s give you a reason to pray instead. In order to help you understand why you need to pray, you need to understand that your prayer life is literally a special invitation to a one on one, appointment only meeting with God, in which you receive his complete and undivided attention. It is here in God’s private office that you can say whatever you want, for as long as you want and as loud or as soft as you want. In addition, while you are talking, you will never be interrupted, you will never be cut off, you won’t have to answer questions, no argument will arise, you won’t be ignored and you never run the risk of boring God or having His mind drift while you pour out your soul.
Ironically, God is the only one who always genuinely cares what you think, what you’re feeling, what you are doing and what you want to do and yet, he is the last person that most of us turn to. God is the only one who can actually help us but when we fail to pray to Him, we hide from Him and reject His love, His grace, His friendship, His miracles and His help.
Hopefully nobody is misunderstanding this article as a rebuke or as a finger pointing session in which I yell out “bad Christian!” In actuality, with all love, I’m attempting to help guide you to your personal Lord and Savior who has been aching to know you, to comfort you and to love you. Once you begin to earnestly pray, you will form a relationship and bond with God that cannot be broken, the result of which will enable you to;
“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell God your troubles, that God may comfort you; tell God your joys, that God may sober them; tell God your longings, that God may purify them; tell God your dislikes, that God may help you conquer them; talk to God of your temptations, that God may shield you from them; show God the wounds of your heart, that God may heal them. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. Talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration say just what you think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved conversation with God.” – Francois Fenelon