The discipline to pray is like any other discipline. We do better with goals and a plan. Daniel of the Old Testament is a great example.
Why Do We Need Discipline in our Prayer Life?
1. Because we need to be consistent in our praying no matter how good things get. Consider Daniel 5:29. Things were great for Daniel. Sometimes the most tempting time to stop praying is when everything is going fine. We get to feeling that we don’t need God.
2. Because we need to be consistent in our praying no matter how bad things get. Consider Daniel 6:1-9. Things began to go wrong for Daniel. There are other times when we stop praying in the bad. Maybe we struggle with our faith in God. Somebody might say, “I don’t feel like praying.” Those are the days when we need the pray the most and the hardest.
3. Because prayer should never be our last resort with God. A consistent, disciplined prayer life is the best way to keep prayer from being a last resort with God.
George Mueller said, “It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer. The truth is that, in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying. The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.”
The Way to Pray with Discipline
Just like other disciplines, we might need a . . .
1. Specific Time
2. Specific Place
3. Specific Plan
Ultimately, we must pray.
Bill Hybels said in his book, Too Busy Not to Pray, “For the miracle of prayer to begin operating in our lives, we must finally do only one thing: we must pray. I can write about prayer, and you can read about it, and you can even lend my book to a friend. But sooner or later, we have to pray. Then, and only then, will we begin to live moment by moment in God’s presence.”
(This post is based on the message “How to Keep on Praying” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)