“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).
All too often we look at prayer as a ‘quick fix” to a difficult situation. Have you ever said, “I’ve tried everything else – I might as well pray! Often we only have “time” to offer a few quick prayers hoping to bring God into the situation so that everything will be fine. . and sometimes this proves to be the case (although probably more because of God’s great love for us than from the power of our prayers).
If you are involved in a work of God, and hopefully we are all active in a ministry of some sort. you need to look at prayer not as a quick petition, but rather as part of the longterm strategy for accomplishing the work that God has called you to. It involves a commitment to pray and work until you see completion. An illustration from the sports realm might be helpful. Many would liken prayer to a series of sprints while instead, we would be better served to see prayer as a long-distance runner would view the course before him.
Father, so often I am guilty of offering up a quick prayer with little thought that the King of Glory is on the other end! Show me how to be constantly aware of Your Presence in the midst of lives and circumstances so that I will commit to praying until You move.
Adapted from the article Prayer Strategy for Ministry by Dave Butts, co-author of Pray Like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, for he is truth. There is no deception in him. Thank God for his revealed redemptive plan. Confess those times when you have doubted the reality of God’s righteousness. Commit to faith those things of God which are most difficult for you to accept as his truth. Ask God to help you see his truth revealed to you each day—in nature, in godly relationships, in the renewing of your mind through Christ Jesus.
Pray that God will reveal the deceit and persuasive powers of false gods and cult leaders.
“Prayer is for the helpless.” —O. Hallesby
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend