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.