Jesus understands how difficult it is to build a consistent prayer life, beyond those emergency life-or-death situations that provide us with plenty of motivation to pray. He identifies with us in our struggles because He has been there and experienced many of them, though He Himself was without sin. The struggle though was real!
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin.
Let us then approach Godʼs throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
( Hebrews 4:15-16 )
I believe that God has favorite prayers that He genuinely loves to answer, they are prayers that—when answered—lead people into a deeper intimacy and daily experience with His heart and mind. One of those favorite prayers that He loves to answer when we approach Him for mercy and grace in our time of need:
“Lord, please help motivate me to pray!”
Superstitious Fear of God.
Some people avoid prayers like the above because they are somewhat superstitious, and they [ultimately] don’t trust God. They see this kind of prayer to be a door-opener for God to go extreme on them, bringing trials, tragedies, and suffering into their life as the only means for stirring motivation to pray more.
Regardless of our being “superstitious” or not, having “opened a door” or not, having been “praying” or not, many trials are going to come into our lives. Jesus taught His followers (His friends) that in this life we will face many trials and tribulations.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
( John 16:33 )
We need not fear an increase in these difficult events just because we ask God to teach us and motivate us to pray. He is the Overcomer, and we can take heart in His desire, His willingness, and His responsiveness to our prayers, to distribute His peace during life’s usual trials.
The Endgame of God’s Call To Prayer.
One might pessimistically theorize that God brings trials into our lives to motivate us to pray, and then keeps them coming to keep us motivated to pray. The act of prayer, however, is not the endgame of His call to prayer.
Prayer is simply a communication mechanism, a practice that is used in our relationship with God to grow closer to Him, and to agree with Him so that His will may be done on earth just as it is in Heaven (see Matt. 6:9-10, Matt. 18:19-20). Fruitful and vibrant relationship with God is the endgame of His call to prayer!
Weaknesses Related to Prayerlessness.
Jesus Himself understands the barriers and obstacles that we face when trying to pray, and trying to build a consistent and frequent pattern of prayer. He knows that our spirit is willing, while our physiology (our flesh, our humanity) has been weakened by our sin-damaged condition (see Mark 14:38).
Building a lifestyle of prayer is the eventual overcoming of our weaknesses related to prayerlessness. Character attributes like self-discipline, self-control, patience, endurance, sacrifice of comfort, and others are examples of our areas of weakness.
Prayer Will Build Faith & Empowerment.
“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit…”
( Jude v.20 )
Our faith is not always as strong as it should be, it takes prayer to build that faith (see Mark 9:29). Jesus has every intention of helping us develop our prayer life, for us to be built up in our faith, for us to mature in godliness and holiness, and to be more powerful and effective in working with Him. His intention though often requires our active agreement with Him, that we should become praying people, prior to His outpouring of motivational power and intellectual stimulus for understanding and practicing prayer at a much deeper and more consistent level.
If you have been discouraged by having had several unanswered prayers in the past, if this has quenched your fire for prayer and left in its wake a person with only a life jacket while lost at sea, get ready. You are about to have a prayer answered!
Pray 2 Pray.
Pray it as often as you think of it. Pray it until your heart is empty of any further words to be used in expressing your desire to God for becoming a praying person. The greatest school of prayer is found locally right where you are at this very moment: it’s right there where your knees hit the ground in prayer.
See you at the altar of prayer, my friend!
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