And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Lk. 18:1)
The pace of life today is nowhere close to the pace of life in the days of Abraham, Moses and our Lord Jesus Himself on earth. Things have changed, and the pace of life is much faster. Unfortunately for us, spiritual virtues and principles do not get old or progress with time. Communion with God in prayer maintains a central place in our relationship with God today as it did in the days of Abraham, Moses and the prophets.
Jesus said in the verse above that we ought to pray and not faint. One of the top reasons why people do not pray today and have their prayer altars in ruins is because we seem not to have time to pray because of the pressures of life. If you do not subdue your schedule and bring it under obedience to Christ, you will faint in prayer. Your communion with God will gradually fade away until it becomes cold and clammy, leaving you functioning on the remnants of Christianity. Contend for your personal altar, and do not let it go down in ruins. There is no fixed way to do it if you find yourself in a tight corner with time. Ask the Holy Spirit in faith, and above all desire the time for communion with Him. And watch to see God do wonders, giving you the wisdom to manage your schedule and even free up time for you. Many times, time is not even the issue, but our sense of priority. There are many believers who do have time, but just do not feel the need or have the desire for prayer. A closer look at our day will reveal that we may have time for many other things which appear to be more important to us, but not for prayer.
We ought to pray and not faint. There is hardly anyone that has gone miles with God without a solid prayer life and an upright steadfast prayer altar. A crash prayer life will lead you to a crash spiritual life of struggle with spiritual things, and ultimately in physical things. A firm personal prayer altar will cloud your life with the atmosphere of heaven always, full of life, the miraculous and victory in every area of life. Your prayer altar is worth fighting for.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Men ought always to pray, and not faint. Meditate on these words for a minute or so.
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see the need for prayer.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
What is the state of your personal altar as of today? It is never too late, and you are not in a haste or under any pressure to impress anybody. A solid prayer life is worth fighting for. Yes, I mean its a fight, a struggle, otherwise everyone will easily do it. You have to be intentional, and forceful to persist in prayer.Why not start today? Is there any reason you cannot find the time to pray today?
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