The Desire to Pray

Longing to Know God

Children longing to Know God

 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Col 4:2)

 Where does someone get a burning desire to pray?

  1. By seeing effective prayers
  2. By being taught how to pray
  3. By experiencing prayer firsthand
  4. By hanging around people who know God personally! 
“And it came to pass, that, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. So He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.” (Lk 11:1-4)
 
Notice: Jesus is found praying.

He believed in prayer and practiced it. This mentoring idea cannot be overstated, because it was the motivation… the disciples had a desire to pray as Jesus prayed. We can never really learn how to pray until we see prayer in action.

Seeing Prayers Effect:

I’m sure this disciple saw Jesus praying on many other occasions, yet something unique was sparked inside of him in this occasion. He began to see that Jesus’ strength, peace and renewal were coming from prayer.

The Second Witness:

Jesus and John the Baptist, both bore evidence to the powerful results of prayer. Not only had he seen Jesus pray, but notice that he says, “teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Apparently this man had also been a follower of John and had been instructed in prayer. So intellectually, he understood the concept of prayer: he had seen John pray, he had seen Jesus pray… John had even taught him how to pray.

I Must Pray!

Now this disciple wanted more than intellectual understanding of prayer, he wanted to experience the power of prayer in his own life. He wanted communion with God, he wanted to talk with his Heavenly Father. Notice the transformation that takes place as visual seeing turns into passionate desire.

Called to Pray… To Know God!

We know that Christians are called to pray and it would be my sense that very few of us feel we are praying enough or hitting the mark in our prayer lives.  But the key is to understand how we get our hearts to bend along with our knees. The only way to begin a passion is to release a motivation. The greatest motivation for prayer is to know God personally.

Revive our Motivation:

Many Christians do not pray, because the Church has stopped being a House of Prayer and become an institution of programs. When leaders begin to pray; because they know God, people will begin to desire prayer again.

This is where the burning desire for prayer is ignited: You know God, you know what God is up to, and you personally get involved in advancing His agenda in the environment where you live. 

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