Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Serious Prayer"

"And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God".  Luke 6:12

The majority of the Christian community knows little about how to "really" pray.  Oh, we pray, but our prayers are so shallow and hurried.  We don't do what I call "serious praying".  This kind of prayer is called, "praying until you pray through".  It is called "tarrying" until the answer comes. 

We throw up prayers on the run- as we are leaving the house, while we are brushing our teeth, when we are in bed and our eyes are getting heavy with sleep.  There are times when we pray a "quick" prayer because we are in a situation and need help from the Lord at that moment.  But most all Biblical examples of prayer involved praying until you have the answer-- no matter how long it takes. 

Jesus often prayed all night.  He prayed for three hours in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Hannah prayed for a child until she appeared to be "drunk" because of the intensity of her prayer.  David prayed for his child until the answer came.  Jeremiah prayed ten days for an answer from the Lord for the people.  Jacob wrestled in prayer with the Lord all night.  These are only a few examples. 

Am I suggesting that we won't get our prayers answered if we don't tarry in prayer for hours or days?  No, but I am saying that if we would learn how to get serious about our prayers and spend whatever time it took to get an answer, we might see more answers than we do.  If we would take prayer seriously things might be a lot different than they are.  After all, isn't the need and the answer worth doing whatever you need to do to see the Lord answer?  Isn't it important enough?

Have a great day.  Is the answer you need important enough to get serious about your praying and spend whatever time it takes in prayer until you get the answer? 

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