I had read it in the Bible in so many places how people prayed fervently to God (including Jesus) and I knew prayer was a necessary part of any Christian’s life but it didn’t change the fact- I just didn’t know how to pray. And if I knew how to pray, I didn’t know how to pray for long. I could feel the pain of the Disciples in Matt 26:40-41.
I found it easier to pray in groups- somehow you just feed off the energy of the group- but to fulfill the “pray ceaselessly” commandment that Paul gave to the Church (1Thes 5:17), I knew I had to find a way to up my personal prayer life.
I tried actually. Read books, watched videos and they were really helpful- for a while. You see, I’d start off with so much energy, and then after a few days or even weeks, it will fizzle out. With the failure comes the guilt that “Adeolu, you are not taking your Christian life serious enough! Common! You mean you can’t put your body under?” Sigh.
If you have had trouble with this, you know the process. You get on your knees, use the standard “Our Father format” prayer, done in 7 mins and then begin to wonder “Uh-mm, I’m done, what now?“. So you switch to praise/worship; look at your wristwatch, “Hmm, just 3 mins?! I thought I was there for 30mins. I guess I’d just continue praising.” …One hour later, you wake up still on your knees, heave a sigh, and climb up on your bed, feeling too guilty to tell God you are sorry for sleeping off on Him.
***To be Continued***
Food for thought:
It’s easier to watch 2 episodes of your favorite (it doesn’t even have to be your favorite) series for 2 hours than it is to pray for 15 mins.
Luke 18:1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”