A while ago, I asked a question which each generation needs to be asked — Have we lost something of The Art of Prayer?
Is there something missing from our prayers that folk ‘way back when’ used to have?
If we have lost or maybe forgotten something, then the next question must be, how do we get it back?
How do we raise our prayer game to the next level?
For raise it to the next level we must, if we are to achieve anything in this present sorry world!
I think we have grown a little blasé and a little lax about our relationship with our heavenly Father.
We almost abuse the right Jesus won for us at Calvary to step through the veil, to enter into His Presence, His Throne Room.
Why? Because it’s too easy – in a sense, it’s familiarity breeding contempt.
We have forgotten and maybe lost the passion of our first love. We have forgotten what a privilege it is to enter in and just rest in His presence.
Now, we rush in, rattle off our list of needs — our shopping list — rush out and forget who we’ve just been talking to.
We weren’t talking with Him, but to Him — such was our hurry to get on with the rest of our lives.
We have forgotten, perhaps, His promises, “Ask and it shall be given”; “Anything in My Name”; and “Greater things”.
Perhaps our real problem is that we have actually so ingrained these in our hard little hearts that we rattle them of and take our answers for granted — only to return later complaining at the slowness of the delivery boy!
I think that we need to return to our first love for zeal, then we need a renewed simplicity of faith — like a child, and persist on asking for more lost sheep to be brought in.
After all, The Word says that the fields are white unto harvest — but the labourers are few.
We have become more selfish than selfless, and our “Me, me, me” type prayers need to be replaced by persistent, fervent, simple prayers for the lost and for The Father’s Will for us.
Revival doesn’t come in answer to selfish prayer, but to those who weep in prayer for the lost in their family, in their street, in their town, and in their country.
It’s time for the ubiquitous prayer meeting to become The PRAYER Meeting!
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.