“With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying”.
Eph 6:18 NIV
William Cowper once said, “And Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees”. It is no strange coincidence that renewals of Christian fervour and devotion seem to accompany revivals of the practice of prayer.
Paul, writing to his Christian friends in Ephesus, knew that they would only be able to withstand the massive pressure of evil and temptation all around them if they were men and women of prayer. And he knew also that people did not become ardent in prayer by casually tossing off the occasional sentence or two to God. They became ardent in prayer by praying, and keeping on praying. As they did so, they became stronger as people, more disciplined in every aspect of their lives, more sure of their faith, more widespread in their concern and care for other people. It used to be claimed, “Prayer changes things”. That is very true, but it is more true that prayer changes people and especially the people doing the praying. Paul therefore went to some length to urge the growing disciples, not only in Ephesus but elsewhere, to keep on praying.
It is easy to grow weary of praying. It is hard work. It requires a lot of concentration and rarely provides the quick results that would make it “exciting”. However discouraged you may become, and whatever other distracting activities may tempt you into thinking that there are more effective things to do, stick at it no matter what. Most things are achieved by those people who, when they fail, give it one more shot. Do that with prayer, and you will become increasingly effective.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to keep my discipline in prayer.