Saturday April 29, 2006
Devoted to Prayer
Several years ago, three seminary students picked me up for a speaking engagement. As we were riding along, one of them asked, “Dr. Stanley, if you had only one thing to say to a ministerial student, what would it be?” Young
pastors often ask that question, expecting long theological answers, but my response to these men was simple. I told them that the single most important activity they could engage in is spending time with God, meditating on His word and praying. That answer is true for any follower of Christ.
Notice that I said “spend time with God.” Believers today expect prayer answers to be as instant as microwave meals. If the Lord does not respond immediately, people typically have one of three thoughts: God is angry with me; I must have sin in my life; or this must not be God’s will. Usually, however, the real answer is that we haven’t prayed long enough for God to have worked out all the details. There is a time for quick, emergency petitions, but most prayer is a continuous effort.
We live in a spiritual war zone. Every time we get on our knees, we are doing business with God, but we are also doing battle with the Devil. As a result, we must expect interference and harassment. Satan knows that a devotedly prayerful person is dangerous. Such an individual is enjoying a deep, peaceful relationship with God that translates into a passion for obedience and a powerful witness.
If you would like to be “devoted and dangerous,” make prayer your top priority. Set aside a time and place to meet with God; He will be there.
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