Addicted to Prayer

Addicted to Prayer

The 19th-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon said something that to me defines the role of a Christian in regard to prayer. “As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer.”

I must admit, though, that at times I have had a hard time maintaining a strong prayer life. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to pray—to the contrary—I just had a hard time sticking to my good intentions. It seemed that whenever I’d try to pray, thoughts would flood my mind and I would quickly find myself embroiled in other things.

I finally decided that I had to get to the core of the matter. Why was I having such a hard time? Was it laziness, a lack of motivation, or difficulty concentrating? It finally dawned on me that it was because praying seems like inaction. I knew in theory that prayer was essential to a Christian life, but in practice, I just didn’t feel it. I’m an action-oriented person, and praying simply didn’t make me feel like I was doing anything substantial.

So I had to change my attitude and see things in a different light. For me, that meant that when I was praying for a sick child, I imagined that I was actually there, cooling that fevered brow. When I prayed for peace in Africa, I pictured myself in the midst of the fighting, begging for it to stop. Visualizing my prayers helped them to come alive. It helped me feel more involved, as if I was “doing” something.

I’ve also found it helpful to start a file where I keep track of the people and situations I pray for, arranged by topic. I regularly add prayer requests that I hear about, promises from the Bible that apply, updates, etc., and I keep track of which prayers have been answered.

Psalms 55:17 KJV – Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Psalms 118:5 KJV – I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set me] in a large place.

Isaiah 55:6 KJV – Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

3 Comments

  1. June 19, 2015, 8:27 am   /  Reply

    Sometimes when i pray and go to bed i start having bad dreams and dont know why,my quention is are all dreams real?

  2. August 12, 2016, 1:56 pm   /  Reply

    It enrich me with the words of God

  3. August 11, 2018, 12:24 pm   /  Reply

    Hi, In response to Frederick, maybe something in your subconscious is trying to get your attention & manifesting into your dreams. Prayer, reading Gods word, reciting Bible verses or Psalms that I memorized, when spoken to myself over & over in repetition, everything seems to melt away until Gods Peace has taken its rightful place within me. Also when I was born again, new in Christ, I noticed that darkness kept trying to take me back by attacks of terrible thoughts fears, and nightmares. I kept affirming that I am a child of God and Satan you can’t have me. Stick with God as the dark side will continue attacking. Praying for your peace in mind, body & spirit. Our birthright is an Abundant Life, where we flourish & thrive in His light. Jesus is our earthly example of how we are to live as human beings. He is…The Way, The Truth and The Life. Growing in Christ is the best way to mature oneself.🌞

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