Have you ever wondered why you, on occasion, have trouble actually praying? Most of us have no trouble talking about praying, writing about praying, or even preaching about praying. Serious prayer comforts our hearts, stimulates our mind, and gives guidance in harmony with God’s Word. Many of us have had definite answers to prayer, such as an unexpected financial gift, a loved one reconciled to the family, even as in our family children healed when Doctors had given up. (No, I will not send you a hanky).
With the preponderance of evidence of God working miracles in answer to prayer, that we can experience a closer walk with Jesus as a result of prayer, why are we so hindered in actually praying?
Commenting on this, Adoniram Judson wrote, “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless soul-winning. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
I agree with Rev. Judson. This is apparent, else why would I positively quote him on the subject of why we are always under attack when we pray? Of course when we actually get settled in prayer, getting the world out of our mind, and focusing on the spirit, we then are closer in spirit to Jesus than in any other activity. From prayer springs the much touted “closer walk with Him.”
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