Christians Don't Pray The Way They Use To!

Lu 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

      I know that the one area that I can always improve in my Christian walk is my prayer life. How many times have we heard testimonies of how someone came to know the Lord after years of a faithful father, mother, grandmother or other saint of God who had been praying for weeks, months, even years? Christians don't pray the way they use to. Consider some of our landmarks and what they said;

Of George Muller:"Many times prayers were said over empty plates only to have food arrive at the last moment. Mueller resolved never to tell anyone what his needs were. He told them to God and confidently expected them to be met."

E.M. Bounds:"God has of his own motion placed himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated himself to answer the prayers of men. He has ordained prayer as a means whereby he will do things through men as they pray, which he would not otherwise do."

Corrie Ten Boon - "A man is powerful on his knees."

John Bunyan - "In prayer, it is better to have heart without words, than words without heart. Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin entice a man to cease from prayer." and "Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer."

Oswald Chambers - "Prayer is not an exercise. It is the life of the saint."

J. Vernon McGee - "The disciples went to our Lord and said, 'Lord, teach us to pray' (Luke 11:1). They did not ask Him how to pray; they weren't looking for lessons on technique or an outline for ritualistic prayer. They had obviously heard our Lord pray, and they wanted to learn how to pray on the same high level as He did. This is a request many of us today need to make: 'Lord, teach us to pray.'"

Charles Haddon Spurgeon - "He who lives without prayer, he who lives with little prayer, he who seldom reads the Word, and he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high -- he will be the man whose heart will become dry and barren."

      Ladies, we are only as strong as our prayer life! If we are not praying, our churches and homes will not be strong either. Our children will suffer, our husbands will struggle, financial problems will be harder to wade through, all because WE don't pray!

      Our life and witness is NOT a sales pitch - It is the Holy Spirit of God working in our hearts and lives. This takes PRAYER. We need to realize that it is an HONOR to pray -- think about it, you are able to be in communication with GOD! The one who hung the stars, carved mountains, knows the hairs on your head .. most importantly provided a way through His Son for you to spend eternity with Him. Let's look at this verse again in regards to prayer:

Lu 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

So Ladies I ask you, if your children or a friend needed to know how to pray .. could they ask you?

Let's consider Mark 1:35: And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

When we pray it is going to be on purpose and will take some sacrifice, we are talking about personal time with our Lord - Just you and Jesus. Now, we all know that the flesh does not want this. Jesus prayed ladies, if Jesus needs to pray how much MORE should we be praying? Is this an area that is slipping for you? Maybe you have never really begun to purposefuly pray daily. We need to know God!

"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night."

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