When all is comfortable, we find a zillion reasons to NOT pray. When bills pile up, desperation spurs on prayers that gallop into Heaven and demand a response.
Not an overload, but a healthy measure of anxiety sharpens your prayer life. Thus, Moses pleads, Elijah cries, Job complains, the Psalmists breaks his heart before God. Even Jesus: “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with LOUD CRIES AND TEARS to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” — Heb. 5:7 NIV.
“You must pray with all your might,” said Gen. William Booth. “That does not mean saying your prayers, or sitting gazing about in church or chapel with eyes wide open while someone else says them for you. It means fervent, effectual, untiring wrestling with God…This kind of prayer be sure the devil and the world and your own indolent, unbelieving nature will oppose. They will pour water on this flame.”
And C. H. Spurgeon declared: “Let us agonize in prayer.”
Angst-powered prayers, driven by need are far more effective than feeble mumblings from the half-asleep. Do you want revival fires from prayer? Do you want finances to flow? Then, let anxiety into your prayer closet.
Great post Mike! True when I have agonized in prayer…as I am now, I have grown. When called on to give a testimony, we start crying out God— “speak to me.” If only we would pray like that everyday with a little anxiety spurring us on. I believe this is one of the reasons my husband is such an Awesome man of God. He is not a naturally gifted speaker. He must cry out to receive his sermons and then cry out to be able to deliver them. That speaking anxiousness has produced an AMAZING man of God, that I am so thankful for, and proud of. Praise God he gives us what we need and not what we want.
Your husband is one of the most natural speakers I have ever seen.
Good job dad! May God bless and help you!
I would like to be there!!!!
No Mike I promise that is Jesus moving….Ask Josh what it was like when he used to do announcement at Culver city. However I am so glad you think so, because that just reminds me how God can take our weakness and turn them into triumphs.
Your husband is a hero for me and a polished speaker, whether it be pure Holy Ghost or learned skills. Praise the Lord.