Posted by: Hope | December 11, 2007

Talk and Prayer

TALK Submitted By Glenn

It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He
had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray
just as John also taught his disciples.”
– Luke 11:1 NASV

Mark Twain said, “Everyone talks about the weather and nobody does
anything about it.” (An amusing but basically true statement.) In
spiritual circles; people talk as well. People talk about spiritual issues
and they way to go about handling some matter.

In the Christian life; you could insert the word ‘prayer’ into Mark
Twain’s comment. Prayer is the one thing that believers talk about but
do little of. When the Christian prays; they are doing
something…something that damages the kingdom or darkness and releases heaven.

In the New Testament; we see the life of Jesus. Jesus was forever
withdrawing from the crowds to spend extended times with God the Father.
Yet, for Jesus, it was more than just spending time. Jesus not only
made prayer a priority, but He modeled a life of constant prayer. Jesus
demonstrated an attitude of prayer in His every action. Do we think we
can live on this earth and do less?

Any time you think about prayer; there will be resistance. But this
week; when you know you need to pray about something; take the time to
do something about it….Pray. Prayer is not some formula or fancy
words; it is simply talking and listening to God. Don’t get in to some
self-imposed idea of amounts of time. You are not going to suddenly spend
7 hours praying over something. But do pray nonetheless. Break off /
shake off prayerlessness and do something about it.

“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do
more than pray until you have prayed.”
— A. J. Gordon

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