How do we become mature in our prayer life?
July 2019 – Pastor Brian Viljoen
And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44
Prayer is not difficult to understand. It is difficult to do. When was the last time your heart so grieved for those you were interceding for that your entire body agonized along with your mind and heart? (Heb.5:7). We are a generation that avoids pain at all costs. This is why there are so few intercessors. Most Christians operate on the shallowest levels of prayer, but God wants to take us into the deep levels of intercessory prayer that only a few ever experience. Deep, prolonged intercession is painful. It involves staying before God when everyone else has gone away or sleeps (Luke22:45). It involves experiencing brokenness with the Father over those who continually rebel against Him. How many of us will labour in this kind of fervent intercession? We long for Pentecost in our lives and in our churches, but there Is no Pentecost without Gethsemane and a cross. How do we become mature in our prayer life? By praying.
When we do not feel like praying this is precisely the time we ought to pray. There are no short cuts to prayer. There are no books to read, seminars to attend, or inspirational motto’s to memorize that will transform us into intercessors. This comes only by committing ourselves to pray and then doing so. What prevents you from being an intercessor? Don’t allow your self to become satisfied with shallow, self-centered praying. Stay with God in prayer…pray earnestly together.