When Prayer Is Hard Work (2)

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” Jas 4:8

We all want what successful people have; we’re just not always willing to pay the price they paid to get it. Whe you see someone with sculpted abs and a well toned body, they probably spent time sweating in a gym. There’s a reason Paul talks about “laboring…in prayers” (Col 4:12)

put your heart into your prayerWhen you pray, you must be passionate, persistent, and positive, expecting good things from God. You’ve got to put your heart into it and believe God will do what He promised. It’s not easy to fight off distractions and focus on Him. Don’t expect your fleshly nature to cooperate; it comes to the place of prayer kicking and screaming. And don’t expect your intellect to cheer you on; your self-sufficient nature will always choose prayer as a last resort. But God will urge you, and draw you into His presence. “If you draw near to me, I will draw near to you.” 

An unknown poet wrote:

“I got up early one morning, and rushed right into the day.
I had so much to accomplish, I didn’t have time to pray.
Troubles tumbled about me, and heavier came each task;
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day.
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.”

Many problems can be resolved, or avoided altogether, when you take time to pray and include God in every part of our day. “Oh what peace we often forfeit; oh what needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. (Joseph M Scriven: 1855)

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