Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
“Desire is not merely a simple wish; it is a deep seated craving; an intense longing … it’s so important that one might say, almost, that desire is an absolute essential of prayer.” 1
Desire precedes prayer, accompanies it, and is followed by it. Desire goes before prayer, and by it, it’s created and intensified.
Prayer is the expression of desire.
Prayer comes out into the open.
Desire is silent.
Prayer is heard; desire, unheard.
Prayer – listening to, learning from and expressing our longings to God – is throughout the Scriptures.
Adam and Eve prayed in the garden. 2
Moses modeled how to pray. 3
Jesus taught how to pray. 4
Jesus prayed. 5
God, through Paul, commanded us to pray. 6
And, amazingly, God’s Spirit, helps us pray when we don’t know what to say. 7
The deeper the desire, the stronger the prayer. Without desire, prayer can become a meaningless mumble of words. E.M. Bounds warns that “perfunctory, formal praying, with no heart, no feeling, no real desire accompanying it, is to be shunned like a pestilence. Its exercise is a waste of precious time, and from it, no real blessing accrues.”
And yet when we realize that desire is honestly absent, we should pray – to pray whether we feel like it or not – and not to allow our feelings to determine whether we pray or not.
In such circumstance, we ought to pray for the desire to pray; for such a desire is God-given. Don’t be afraid to admit your doubts, God understands us. Believe that God loves us and wants a deep, desire-expressing relationship with each of us.
Therefore should pray for desire; then, when desire has been given, we should pray.
Pray with whatever faith you have:
God, please help me to want to pray.
God, please help me to want to want to pray.
God, please help me to want to want to want to pray.
Most of my prayers begin simply: “I’m sorry…Thank you…Please…”
What are you praying?
1 – The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds was quoted and paraphrased throughout this post.
2 – Genesis 2-3
3 – Exodus 19
4 – Matthew 6:5-13
5 – John 17
6 – 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6-7
7 – Romans 8:26