Most of us find difficulty in believing our prayers or more so even just making time for prayer. Life is busy, we hurry through our prayers (when we remember to pray), our minds drift to thoughts of what’s for dinner etc. our focus is scattered and everywhere but on God.
Prayer is simply conversation with God, no set time or location and minimal effort required and yet so many believers struggle with taking time to talk with God.
Max Lucado expressed our struggle with prayer as: “… you’d think we were wrestling a greased pig”. Prayer is an effective and powerful tool and the enemy knows this, he pulls all stocks in an effort to hinder your commitment to prayer. Our adversary knows what happens when we pray, “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4 MSG)
Lucado writes: “…Satan seeks to interrupt our prayers. Our battle with prayer is not entirely our fault. The devil knows the stories; he witnessed the angel in Peter’s cell …” be encouraged to pick up your ‘God-tools’ and watch as the enemy cowers, Lucado continues “Satan is not troubled when Max writes books or prepares sermons, but his knobbly knees tremble when Max prays. Satan does not stutter or stumble when you walk through church doors or attend committee meetings.
Demons aren’t flustered when you read this book. But the walls of hell shake when one person with an honest heart and faithful confession says, “Oh, God how great thou art.” Satan keeps you and me from prayer. He tries to position himself between us and God. But he scampers like a spooked dog when we move forward. So let’s do”.
When you pray… be rest assured God already knows what you need. He has a divine purpose for every situation you face, so instead of crying out save me or bless me, may I encourage you to move beyond fear-based praying, disarm your self-interests and enter into a prayer life based on love, for His love will never fail you. Love-based prayers assert trust in a Heavenly Father that is Sovereign and always has your best interest at the centre of His heart…now you go, wrestle those greased pigs! x
January 9, 2013 at 12:27 am
Great post! It is amazing how easily we are distracted or how easily we move our prayer time to the bottom of our to-do list. Seeking him should always be at the top of our list. If we aren’t seeking Him through prayer, how do we know what He has to say about how we are living our life and how do we know what He wants us to be doing?
January 10, 2013 at 5:53 am
January 9, 2013 at 8:14 am
Let us catch some pigs today!
January 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm
Got some slippery oinks today!
January 10, 2013 at 1:37 am
Wonderfull post! I’ve never heard it put like that before and I love it. Today ill aim to snag me a few piggies! 🙂
January 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm
Hello friend! Did you get yourself some pigs? I’ve been trying to catch the slippery suckers all day!
January 10, 2013 at 5:52 am
My pig must really be really greasy:) Let’s do it!
January 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Ahuh… my pigs are wild and dipped in supafry 🙂