‘…be persistent in your prayers…’ Ephesians 6:18 NLT
Andrew Murray wrote, ‘Many Christians look upon it as a burden and a duty and a difficulty to get alone with God! That is the great hindrance to our Christian life everywhere.’ God says, ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great…things, which you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV) The answers you seek can be found on your knees. Jesus said, ‘If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.’ (John 15:7 NKJV) Prayer is like a membership card; it gives you access to God’s wisdom and resources. Paul writes: ‘…continuing steadfastly in prayer.’ (Romans 12:12 NKJV) The story’s told of a soldier in World War II who was caught creeping back into his quarters from some nearby woods. Brought before his commanding officer and charged with communicating with the enemy, he said he had just gone out to pray. His commanding officer asked, ‘Do you make a habit of spending hours alone in prayer?’ ‘Yes, sir,’ he replied. ‘Then get down on your knees and pray now,’ roared the officer, ‘for you’ve never needed it more!’ The soldier kneeled down and prayed so powerfully that his CO shouted, ‘Enough, you may go, I believe you! If you hadn’t been so often at drill, you wouldn’t have done so well at review.’ Prayer isn’t like a spare tyre; you can’t just leave it in your boot and expect it to be effective when you need it. You must ‘be persistent in your prayers’. In other words, stay in constant contact with God.
SoulFood: Isa 26–29, Matt 11:10–19, Ps 107:17–22, Pro 3:21–24
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