When God started the Prayer Relay, all he sent us out to do was to re-cultivate a culture of prayer in a world where it is dying more and more daily. The fact that he says re-cultivate told us that this culture was there before, but has become more and more eroded by the modern world. This post will point out some of the things that have and continue to steal prayer from our generation.
- Lack of faith
Unlike in any previous generation, Christianity has become more and more challenged and times even mocked or ridiculed if that is at all possible. This has caused many believers to stray from their faith. Those who do not understand the times will be drawn away from what they believe in. The bible says Daniel understood from prophecy, that their time of captivity was close and began to pray it into coming. He secured it in prayer. His understanding drew him into prayer. Most people nowadays do not recognise how prophetic these days are, thus they stray from prayer, yet like Daniel this is when they should be securing themselves in prayer. Read the word. Understanding it brings you unbreakable faith. Lack of faith is the first thing that draws us away from prayer. Daniel 9:2
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
I for one noticed this pattern in my own life, how sin sucks the prayer out of me. Glory to God for revealing this to me, for I have come to understand that when you fall is the time you need your father more. Imagine being a child climbing a tree that your father warned you not to, if you found yourself in immediate danger, would you not call your father even though you know he warned you against what you are doing? I know I would. What King David stood out for was his ability to accept his wrongs and take his faults before the Lord, even when you have failed him God’s love remain intact. He loves you regardless of you flaws, and believe you me, he knows them all!! Sin draws us away from prayer.
Romans 8:35 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
I believe one of the greatest tragedies in the church is that over the years, the church has used fear to motivate people into believing. As a result we do not have the relationship with God as he wants us to have. In most believers our fear of God is nor reverence, it is “scared” fear. As Andrew Wommack put it ,”We have been taught the God father instead of God the Father.” As a result when we fail God, even though he forgives us it is hard to forgive ourselves. I am led to believe that the greatest reason for this is our fear for what “The God Father” will do to punish us for this. God is a tenderly loving father, he has and will always forgive us for our sin. Although that is not liberty to go and sin. Self-condemnation draws us away from prayer.
Psalm 103:12 12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
4. A misconception of Love
Over the years I have come to understand that I had a very gross misconception of love. Thus I have found true love in Christ. Knowing him more has shown me what love really is. God is love! End of story. What I thought was love was my affection for a female, which would soon fade away when she did something that I did not approve of or like. Yet even when I do things that God does not approve of or like, he still loves me, because he is love. Most of our love today is based on a give and take relationship. She loves me, so I love her. I define love as “Giving my all and expecting nothing back.” If it is returned that is awesome, if not I still love anyway. An understanding of love puts you in a place of self denial, self betray even. When you know love, you can’t help but pray. You just have this yearning in you to see people better and happier, and knowing the Lord can do this you take it all to him. A misconception of love draws us away from prayer.
Originally posted 2014-05-02 23:39:36.