September 11th – Water-boys and Warriors

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“Prayer puts God in full force into God’s work”– E.M. Bounds

     Of all the spiritual activities in which a believer is expected to embrace, prayer, at least in my own experience, is perhaps the most neglected and perplexing.  I don’t want it to be.  I want, as I am sure you want, to be a prayer warrior.  I want to be a champion of intercession and supplication, but to my chagrin, I fall short of such a title.

Instead of a warrior, I often feel like a water-boy: a weak, unlearned novice that half-heartedly mumbles a few sophomoric words of random religiosity.  You know what I mean: vague, common, memorized statements that have little content or purpose (bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies; lead, guide, and direct us; Lord, bless my church).  It’s not that there is no value in such statements; it’s just that they are substitutes for something else: intimacy.

And that’s really the biggest problem in our prayer life: a lack of intimate fellowship with our Heavenly Father.  For many people, prayer is difficult, not because they don’t love the Lord, but because they simply don’t know how to be intimate with God.

For the next few days, I want us to consider a few ways we can improve our prayer life, perhaps turning from water-boys to warriors.


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