A Praying Life
6/10/15 at 08:21 AM 0 Comments

Why Believers Don't Pray

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Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Jesus tells us to pray. If we pray we will not faint. Yet many believers find it difficult to understand the concept of “ought always to pray. Many use prayer as a last resort or pray only when there is a crisis in their life.

Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand how to pray. The disciples asked Jesus “teach us to pray”. Jesus gave them the pattern of prayer. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. The pattern starts with acknowledgment of who God is and praise for who he is. Then submission to his will. Then petition is presented. Lastly, return to praise. As you meditate on the Lord’s Prayer the pattern will become clearer. (I will cover this subject in another blog)

Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand what prayer is nor the purpose of prayer. Prayer has many purposes but the most important one is that it allows us to be in communion with our heavenly father. When you are in love with a person you want to talk to them often, to be with them in their presence because it builds intimacy. Daily communion with God increase our ability to know the mind of God, his character, his desires and plans for our lives.

Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand the value of having a consistent prayer life. Jesus prayed consistently. He communicated with the father in a crowd, alone, morning, noon and night he sought the presence of his father. Some believers see prayer as a last resort for difficult situations or when they are frustrated, hurt, in a jam and can’t figure their way out. They do not benefit from having that close personal intimate daily relationship with the father. When you are walking in that close relationship with the heavenly father and situations come upon you; you can simply say “there it is father I give it to you. You are able to keep on walking in peace and not be frustrated because you know the father will “handle your business”

Why believers don’t pray? They don’t know what to pray for. Wow! The need is great. Just look at what is happening in your home, your family, block, community, church, city, state and nation. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. Job prayed continuously for his family.

Phil 4 6 be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Why believers don’t pray? They don’t believe their prayers will make a difference. James 5:17 17 Eliaswas a man subject to like passions as we are,and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain : and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. Hannah prayed for a son, God gave her Samuel. Abraham prayed for a community and God spared Lot’s family. Solomon prayed for wisdom and God granted it. The bible tells us that the prayers of the righteous availeth much. God promise if we call on him he will not only answer but show us great and mighty things. He says to ask and we will receive. He say in 2 Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Your prayer will make a difference.

Why believers don’t pray? Men ought always to pray. They don’t understand how to always pray. They say to themselves “I just don’t have the time. Would you tell your lover I don’t have time to talk to you? God so loved the world that he gave…Jesus so love us that he gave. Jesus is the lover of our souls. Prayer does not mean that you have to be on your knees. Remember, prayer is talking and listening to the father.

Let me ask you a few simple questions. Do you clean your house, do laundry, wash dishes, sweep floors etc.? Do you drive your car or ride the bus or train? Do you take long walks? How much television do you watch? Give up that program and designate that as your prayer time. How much time on social media? If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions then you have time to pray. You can pray while cleaning, mowing the lawn etc. You can pray at the end of the day when everyone else is off to sleep (particularly if you have small children). You can rise up early before going to work. You can designate a time for your extended prayer and stick to that scheduled. Call it your appointed time to be with the father. You can offer up short prayers throughout the day. When my work required me to travel a lot during home visits etc. my car became my moving prayer closet. You can pray standing, sitting, lying in your bed and while carrying out various activities. Ok, I hope your eyes have been enlighten to ways to make time for prayer. The question now is do you want to pray?

SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS IN THE WORD OF GOD. Father God we come to you today in humble submission to your will and gratitude for your grace and mercy. We ask for forgiveness for our lack of consistent prayer life and for all of the missed opportunities to accept your invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace. We failed to discern the purpose, value and power of spending quality time in your presence. We now clearly hear your voice: Proverbs 8:17 "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me. Hosea 10:12 Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Psalm 14:2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 1 Chron 16:11 Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Father God, on this day we make the decision and say to you according to Psalms 27:8 When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." Holy Spirit search our hearts and prepare it to seek the Lord. You have heard our commitment and we pray that the spirit of prayer will be birthed in us upon this day. Thank you for your tender love towards us, your grace and mercy towards us and for being patient with us. Help us to do better that we may be better and we give you all the glory, honor and praise due to your name.

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