Unlimited: Prayer Is Not Just Spending Time On Your Knees

Feb 17, 2020 1037

Keep on Praying (Romans 12:12, NLT).

An objection to prayer that I encountered early in my life is that we think it means spending long hours on our knees. The great preacher, Spurgeon, said, “If that’s what prayer is, I couldn’t do it, even for the sake of eternity.”

I remember as a young, inexperienced student, going to the most saintly man in the college community. “Brother Bohringer,” I asked, “is prayer all about spending a long time on your knees?”

“Oh, no, son,” he answered. “Prayer is just talking to God, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. It’s not just about being on your knees.”

Of course, it is true that many of the great saints of history have spent long hours in prayer. But they were hours spent in meditation and the study of God’s word, and in crying out. One disciple of Saint Francis of Assisi listened all night long to the great man. All the disciple heard was Francis saying every now and again, “My God and my all. My God and my all.” That is a grand prayer.

Periods of prayer work both ways. We speak to God, God speaks to us, and we stop and think.

Prayer goes both ways. The person who is talking all the time never learns anything. That’s wasteful.

– Des Ford (adapted)

Eli’s Reflection: Make up your mind to pray during the whole day today. You don’t have to close your eyes or kneel down. Just be conscious of the presence of God throughout the day; speak to God in your mind about what you are doing, and the issues you are facing. Afterwards, reflect on what that experience was like.

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Eliezer Gonzalez

Jul 7, 2020

God speaks to us in many ways, according to how he chooses to communicate with us. That may be through miraculous and direct means, through the quiet but firm conviction of our conscience, or through the providence of the circumstances of our lives. We should not constrain how he chooses to speak with us.

Maxwell Fully

Feb 18, 2020

I have understand the importance of prayers, but, I want to know how do God speaks to us? after praying to him.

Eliezer Gonzalez

Feb 18, 2020

Hello Chinoso - The main purpose of prayer is not to change the world around us, but to change us - to make us more aligned to his will. So, when we pray for something, it is up to God and his will - what he chooses to act or to permit. So the answer may come right away or it may come later. But always, the principal effect of prayer is in our own hearts as we learnt to depend on him, through the good times and the bad.

Aniobi Juliet

Feb 17, 2020

Sometimes we pray with faith and we don't receive the answers to our prayers it can be because we are not praying according to the will of God,or we are holding on to some things that God hates like unforgivingness, envy, etc. So before we pray let check ourselves, then ask for forgiveness and repent from it then we go ahead.

chinonso Felix

Feb 17, 2020

Yes thanks so much sir but there's what I really wanna understand about how we pray or how prayer works because I keep on surprising when I see one prayed once and immediately God answers why in other cases I pray with faith and fervency within me but yet I keeps on delaying that's my question sir why?

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