Things that draw us from prayer Part 2
Yesterday we talked about what draws us from prayer. If you missed the post you can read it here. In that post we looked at four things that draw us from prayer. Which we identified as sin, self-condemnation, misconception of love and a lack of faith. Today we will move on to four more. Once these have been identified, it is up to you as an individual to evaluate yourself and make it right for your own good. Prayer allows us to communicate with our father, to speak our hearts and more so to grant him dominion in our lives, you need to understand that he does not force himself on you. The devil understands this, which is why he seeks to take away prayer from your life. Without prayer, you are more vulnerable to his attacks, you are weak! Let us identify more of these things and make a change.
- Compartment life.
Most believers live compartmentalised lives. Lives where we have decided that this is where God can come in, and this is where he cannot. What we fail to realise is that God is a man of principle, he is a man of “all or nothing”. He says in Revelation 3:15-16 15‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. He knows your deeds, he knows your wrongs and has already forgiven you. He desires that you would be either hot or cold. There is no grey area with God, you are either for or against him. Your own life will speak for you in this, how you choose to live when you are not in the public eye, he knows your deeds. Compartment life draws us from prayer.
2. Self Righteousness
Self righteousness keeps us from prayer. When we tell ourselves that we are in right standing with God. When we become unrepentant, we reach a point when God is no longer your God, you treat him as though he were your friend. Do not misquote me “he is your friend”, but just as it is with your earthly father, even though he may be your friend he remains your father and is still to be viewed and treated in that capacity. Isaiah 64:6 6For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Our righteousness is in our father through Christ, so we have no right to self righteousness. Romans 5:17 17For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
3. Arrogance/Selfishness and naivety
Joel Beeke taught that a prayerless man is selfish because he does not pray for other, he is arrogant because he does not seek God’s will for his own life. When you understand the need for the hand of God on your own life, the need for prayer cannot possibly be overstated. You need God to order your footsteps, so you ask him to. You need God to defend you against things that you cannot physically see let alone protect yourself from. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. You are naïve if you think it is by your own strength that you do what you do any day of the week. It is only through his enabling grace. Arrogance and selfishness are part of what draws us away from prayer.
The greatest phenomenon I have come to see, even among atheists is an anger against God. Many say they prayed at a time of need and did not see his hand, thus he is not in existence. God is a loving father, he said he would never leave nor forsake us. I have been at points in my life where I felt he had done just that, but looking back now I see why that was the best thing for him to do, as it has all moulded me towards being the man that he wants me to be, the man that I want to be. Some do not pray, for they want to evade his will. They are afraid of what his plans for them are, they do not want him to take them away from what they know. The only place you should ever let yourself be comfortable is in his will, because no matter what wind blows you have built on solid rock. Let nothing take away your prayer. Just to have an audience with the King of Kings is in itself healing and therapeutic to me. I know my worries are in capable hands. Release your anger, anger with God can only hurt you! Anger draws us from prayer.
Father I commit my prayers into your hands. Enable me to possess that union with you. I thank you for that grace of an audience with you. I know it is well with me. In Jesus’ name.
Go ahead and share this with someone. Let us re-cultivate a culture of prayer. God bless you
Originally posted 2014-05-04 23:28:00.