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How Much Do You Pray?

Leonard Ravenhill use to ask those around him, “I don’t want to know how many Scriptures you have memorized.  I don’t want to hear about how many sermons you have preached.  I want to know the answer to one question, how is your prayer life?  How much time do you spend on your knees praying to Christ?”

I ask the same of you and me.  Are we found on our knees?  Are we found praying for the lost to be saved as Paul taught in Romans 10:1 and 1 Timothy 2:1-6?  Are we found crying out to God for Him to heal the sick for His glory?  Are we found praying against the wicked forces of evil at work in our world (Ephesians 6:12)?  Are we found crying out for workers of the harvest fields (Matthew 9:37-38)?  Are we found seeking Jesus simply because He said for us to always (Luke 18:1)?  Can it be said of you or me that we are like Charles Spurgeon and a prayer always be found on our lips (1 Thessalonians 5:17)?  May it be said of us what it was said of John Wesley who left this world with the words, “And best of all – God is with us!”

Oh may we pray!  Oh may we labor in prayer!  The work of God doesn’t begin after we pray.  Prayer is the work!  Prayer is the path to power through faith in Christ.  Prayer is what opens hearts to the gospel.  Prayer is what opens doors that no man can close and closes doors no man can open (Revelation 3:8).  The prayer closet allows for no showing off.  Who we are in prayer is who we are.  You can be a fake Christian in the pulpit.  You can’t be a fake Christian in prayer.  Is this why so few pray?  Is it because the Spirit of God exposes our ugliness to us in prayer?  We see our lack of power.  We see our lack of urgency.  We sense our deep sinfulness.  In prayer, God opens our eyes to His holiness and we see just how tainted we have become.  Thankfully He is merciful and He cleanses us from sin (1 John 1:7) but in prayer God exposes us for who we truly are and not who we think we are.

I urge you today to pray.  Turn off your radio in your car and pray.  Turn off your television and pray in your prayer closet (Matthew 6:6).  Stop talking merely about God and start actually talking to God.  It is possible to know much about God and yet still not know God.  Jesus said this of the Pharisees of His day (see John 5:39-40).  To know God is to seek God and to hear His voice (John 8:47).  Oh saints of God seek God’s face today!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/16/2013 at 11:32 AM

Posted in Prayer

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