And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint – Luke 18:1
The Lord Jesus, in Luke 18:1-8 enjoins us through a parable the need to persevere and be importunate in prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs to “Pray without ceasing.” That’s because through prayer our spirits are conditioned to become dependable receptacles of God’s ideas, visions and promptings. You may want to ask “How about if you feel reluctant to pray, does it mean one is spiritually weak?”
First, such a feeling doesn’t necessarily mean you’re weak, but it does signify a problem you have to deal with. Prayer is your life’s work, and you must do it. This means irrespective of how you feel, you must maintain discipline in prayer, and that’s how to prevail over circumstances.
Secondly, you should learn to stir up your spirit. 1Corinthians 14:4 says “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself….” Speaking in tongues is synonymous with recharging your spirit like a battery. This helps you respond to the Lord more quickly from your spirit.
Also, the scriptures highlight for us practical steps on how to always be filled with the Spirit (Read Ephesians 5:18-21). For the one who’s continually filled with the Spirit, prayer is never a drag, but a moment of divine ecstasy; a time to revel in the love, bliss and grace of God’s embrace.
Fourthly, take advantage of prayer times with other Christians. This will help you develop a passion for prayer and a richer relationship and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The prophetic and inspirational thoughts, and short but intense prayer moments, will help you develop a consistent and exciting prayer life.
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Dear Father, I rejoice at the glorious impact and changes that take place in my spirit each time I pray! Thank you for your love, grace and heavenly bliss that enraptures me as I spend time with you in prayer. I effect positive and lasting changes through prayer, knowing that your ears are ever attentive to my voice, to answer my prayers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Ephesians 6:18; Luke 18:1-8