Are you too busy to pray? Is prayer life competing with this technological period? Early in the morning when you wake up to pray, do you phone demand that you check them first for Facebook or WhatsApp and before you know it time is gone. Do you phone makes you to constantly rush prayers just to check what was on your messenger? Do you wake up from sleep intending to pray but feel too week or sleepy. “How often do you pray?” do you often wake up from sleep late because of your busy schedules and only to discover that you only have few minute to prepare for work. Are you too busy with activities that you couldn’t have time to pray? Permit me to bring to your notice that The busier our Lord Jesus was, the more he prayed. Sometimes he had no leisure so much as to eat. (mark 3:20) and sometimes had no leisure for needed rest and sleep yet he always took time to pray (mark 6:310. We have read in Luke 5:15-16 that the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
there is nothing the devil dreads so much as prayer? His great concern is to keep us from praying. He loves to see us “up to our eyes” in work _ provided we do not pray. He does not fear because we are eager and earnest Bible students _provided we are little in prayer. He makes us believe that we can do more by our own efforts than by our prayers _ by our intercourse with men than by our intercession with God.
When we wake up early in the morning and so many things compete with our prayer life, we end up just repeating daily a few phrases which have become practically meaningless, whilst our thoughts are wandering hither and thither? If God were to answer the words we repeated on our knees this morning should we know it? Should we recognize the answer? Do we even remember what we asked for? Prayer has to be a discipline that we engaged in. when something is discipline, it is done even when the body does not want and not at convenient. Engage in it until it becomes a habit, until you are branded by the attitude of Christ. Real prayer at its highest and best reveals a soul a thirst for God _ just for God alone. Real prayer comes from the lips of those whose affection is set on things above.
The devil will not want you to pray because he knows that attending to the prayers of the saint is part of the daily programme of what happen before God throne. Rev 5:8 records that “when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders [x of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints).” When Daniel prayed, a captivity of 70 years was broken. Satan always wants you to be a captive instead of a victor. He will use all means to see that communicating with God is not the first priority in your life. When we discover the secret behind prayers, we will not pray little but we can ever get up from our knees if we realize our own need; the needs of our home and our loved ones; the needs of our pastor and the Church; the needs of our city _ of our country _ of the heathen and Mohammedan world! All these needs, can be met by the riches of God in Christ Jesus. The apostle Paul had no doubt about this _ nor have we. Yes! “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory, in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). But to share His riches we must pray, for the same Lord is rich unto all that call upon Him (Rom. 10:12).
Throughout ages, those we view as great men have all proclaim prayer to be the secret behind their powerful ministries. Men are wondering why Revival is not coming. There is only one thing that can delay it, and that is lack of prayer. All Revivals have been the outcome of prayer. If prayer is necessary for Jesus, then is it less necessary for us? Jesus knew that prayers is more potent than service. We may work for Christ from morn till night; we may spend much time in Bible study; we may be most earnest and faithful and “acceptable” in our preaching and in our individual dealing, but none of these things can be truly effective unless we are much in prayer. We shall only be full of good works; and not “bearing fruit in every good work” (Col.1:10). To be little with God in prayer is to be little for God in service. Much secret prayer means much public power.
What then is prayer if it is necessary for us as Christians
Prayer, in the minds of some people, is only for emergencies! Danger threatens, sickness comes, things are lacking, difficulties arise _ then they pray
Prayer is a communication process that allow us to commune with God. It should be as unconscious as our communication with each other. It is much more than merely asking God for something, although that is a very valuable part of prayer if only because it reminds us of our utter dependence upon God. It is also communion with God _ intercourse with God _ talking with (not only to) God. We get to know people by talking with them. We get to know God in like manner. The highest result of prayer is not deliverance from evil, or the securing of some coveted thing, but knowledge of God. “And this is life eternal, that they should know Thee, the only true God” (John 17:3). Yes, prayer discovers more of God, and that is the soul’s greatest discovery.
Fellow−laborers in His vineyard, it is quite evident that our Master desires us to ask, and to ask much. He tells us we glorify God by doing so! Nothing is beyond the scope of prayer which is not beyond the will of God _ and we do not desire to go beyond His will. Shall we begin today to be men of prayer, if we have never done so before? Let us not put it off till a more convenient season. God wants me to pray. The dear Savior wants me to pray. He needs my prayers. So much _ in fact, everything _ depends upon prayer. How dare we hold back? Let every one of us ask on our knees this question: “If no one on earth prayed for the salvation of sinners more fervently or more frequently than I do, how many of them would be converted.