“Pray without ceasing.” — I Thessalonians 5:17.
I do not imply that I know more about prayer than others. I hate to hear anyone celebrated as “an expert in prayer,” for the simple reason that no child should be called an expert in talking to his/her parent. What’s so hard about that?
Granted, we often make it harder than it should be, with our rules, our religions, our legalism, our opinions, our blindness, and our sinfulness. But in its essence, prayer is talking to the Father through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Period.
What I do imply however (for this article) is that there are insights in Scripture on the subject of prayer many of us may have missed. Here are a few……
One. Scripture says you do not know how to pray as you should. That’s Romans 8:26. So, let’s not let that stop us. God’s not looking for eloquence but faith.
Two. Scripture says both the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus are interceding for us. That is Romans 8:26 and 8:34. Now, personally, I have no idea how this works, particularly when Romans 8:31 says “God is for us!” So, it appears the Triune God is on our side!
Three. Scripture indicates the best pray-ers God knew were Moses and Samuel. That’s Jeremiah 15:1.
Four. Unconfessed sin in our lives stops our prayers dead in their tracks. That’s Isaiah 59:1-3.
Five. When we fail to intercede for those who count on us, we sin against the Lord. That’s I Samuel 12:23. See Ephesians 6:18-19.
Six. As a rule, short to-the-point prayers are best. That’s Matthew 6:5-7.
The inimitable John R. Rice used to say, “Prayer is not a touring sedan in which to see the sights of the city, but a truck which you drive to the warehouse, pick up the goods, and come home.”