Will You Accept This Invitation to Participate in Possibly the Hardest Work in the World?

in Prayer

It is regarded as the hardest work in the world, and this is not far from the truth. Perhaps that is why so few are intimately and intensively involved in prayer. Yet man has this innate inborn desire to pray.

Man was created for communion with the living God. He has this longing for a relationship with God, and
Jesus Christ bridges the gulf which separates man from his Maker and Creator.

When I hear a radio discussion or view some television programme I often want to join in. The number of times the name of God or Jesus or heaven and hell is mentioned, I have wondered if they were having a Prayer Meeting and could we all participate.

Actually I have phoned in frequently mentioning this to the producer or researcher. Why do so many people choose to misuse and abuse the name of God and Jesus Christ? I find this so curious as to why so people deliberately blaspheme. If more leaders objected to this appalling language it would pressure upon the broadcasters to stop. This simply indicates the depths of sin in these men's hearts. You never hear them say "O Allah!" I wonder why?

If reading the Bible is hard, prayer is harder. Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray and to go on praying.

Prayer is central and persistence is vital.

Disciples are never to lose heart when it comes to praying and they must not give in or give up. For disciples of Jesus Christ, that is not even to be considered as a possibility.

Prayer is a battleground and there is an enemy who will do all he possibly can to keep you from praying.

Do not be surprised that when you want to pray some ten other demands upon your time suddenly appear.

That is why the disciple of Jesus, simply but firmly, rejects these diversions, only returning to them after he has given himself to prayer.

There was a man called Saul. He had said prayers, but after meeting the risen living Jesus he started to pray, and there is a tremendous difference. Saying 'prayers' and actually praying are two totally different activities.

There comes that time when a man for various reasons decides to give himself to prayer but it is difficult and it is hard work, but the rewards are out of this world. If you accept this invitation do let me know.

Sandy Shaw

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Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27