Some Thoughts on Prayer

If I were your enemy….

This starts each chapter in the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.

The book is on prayer – a woman’s battle plan for serious specific and strategic prayer. Because, you see, we are at war. And the enemy knows just how to get to us. Through our most precious relationships. So we MUST fight back.

Why is prayer so hard? Because “we” make it hard. Prayer is like having a conversation with someone you find important, with someone you want to know better, and with someone you want to spend time with. What makes a good relationship? Spending time with the people we love and enjoy being with. What makes a good conversation? Is it one sided with only one entity doing the communicating? Or is it give and take? Is it sometimes talking, sometimes listening? Is it distracted conversation with your face in you computer screen, cell phone or the television? Or is it quiet, intimate, sitting down and facing the person you are communicating with? For me, it has been both. Sometimes we have to pray “on the run,” so to speak. You get a text or an email or see something on Facebook that prompts you to pray. Mute the TV, turn down the music, pull over if you are driving and you feel led to. God doesn’t mind where we are when we come to Him. Sometimes we must go to our quiet place where there are no distractions and just spend time alone with God. Some times we pray during a stolen moment. The important thing is that we pray. He knows our heart and He knows the desires of our heart. He wants us to come to Him to talk to Him and to listen to Him. So don’t let the enemy tell you you aren’t doing it right. Don’t let the enemy tell you God doesn’t hear you or care. Pray without ceasing. Let everything you say and do glorify Him.

– Ginger B.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Cover image is property of Manny Coronilla

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