Working Hard At Prayer


The desire to work hard at prayer doesn’t just happen.  We make it happen when we decide to work at it.  As we regularly practice prayer each day, for so many minutes a day, God will birth in us desires to work harder and harder at it.  The more we work at prayer the more we will continue to work at it.  Prayer helps us to pray.

John Calvin once said, “You will never aspire to pray unless you urge and force yourself.”  That is so true isn’t it?  Right from the start, prayer is hard work; and it continues to be hard work.  But if you don’t have much of a desire to pray in the beginning, to even start to work at it, if you just tell yourself , “I must pray and force myself to pray,” you will find that God will come along and help you with the work.  He will give you a desire to work harder and harder at it.  And though you may suffer in the work, you will also glory in it—in as much as you are in Christ.

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3 Responses to Working Hard At Prayer

  1. Nice, especially your quote, Prayer helps us to pray. I tweeted this today, with a link to your site, on my Twitter page. Blessings!

  2. Heidi Viars says:

    I often get lazy, thinking that prayer just happens. I needed that reminder that, just like any other discipline, prayer has to be practices and developed … Like lifting weights helps us lift weights … Thanks for this beautiful reminder! I love coming to your blog for instructions and lessons on prayer!

    • I know what you mean. I get lazy too. But if we are to get anywhere with God, if we are to rise to a higher level, that is, to know Him better and to do all of His will prayer will be a struggle–against our flesh. I know I very often get into a prayer habit (and that’s good in a way), but I think God has bigger things for me to do which requires more work. Have a nice day!

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