Prayer is counterintuitive

images-1You get what you put into it.


At least not with prayer. Our whole American outlook is results come in proportion to work. But after years of arduous labor on the mission field with little to show for it, I was ready to try prayer.

images-2 images-3When I did, the ministry skyrocketed.

Don’t get me wrong. I always prayed. But when I really started to prayer, longer, more earnestly, less perfunctorily, then things took off. We got a building. Ministry multiplied. It took me basically a decade to learn to desist from so much of MY labors and allow God to do HIS labors. Prayer is the key if you don’t want to be spinning your wheels.

Americans view the world like muscle-building. The harder you work, the more cut the six-pack. That’s why prayer is imagescounterintuitive. You get results without working — only by praying. I’m not saying you stop outreach altogether and close yourself up in your church and commune with God. What I am saying is you can do less human activity if you get more divine activity going.

Jesus didn’t only outreach. He spent entire nights just praying.

37 responses to “Prayer is counterintuitive

  1. A powerful reminder. An absolute fact!

  2. Not by might – not by power – but….

    by My Spirit………

    says the Lord

    Praise God

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  4. That’s tremendous encouragement. Great reminder as I looked at my long laundry list of things to do to try and advance my ministry. Ah, yes, this isn’t my ministry is it? Prayer reminds me of that.

  5. Wonderful read, and just what I needed to hear. Blessings!

  6. A very good reminder, for a task oriented person like myself it is very easy to give lip service to the importance of prayer and yet neglect it. It’s funny, of all the times I have really set aside to earnestly pray and sometimes fast over things I have never regretted it. In fact I usually think, “why don’t I do this all the time!” Thanks and Praise the Lord!

  7. Every time I’m in church I silently pray to God, I start with “Now I’m in your house, where two or three are gathered YOU PROMISED you’d be there, so now you have to listen to me…” And I usually get the most inspiration after those prayers too.

  8. Has anyone read ‘Pray Big’ by Will Davis Jr? So powerful and very apt-it challenged and changed the way I pray!

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  10. EXCELLENT article!! God Bless You!

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  12. Prayer. Is. The. Key. – Yes! That is why I wrote about Living in Prayer. Just Let Him. Amen and So Be It!

  13. The power of prayer is without limit. Thank you for the post! Very timely! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by our happy little homestead @Stand Upon Grace! Swing on in for a visit anytime!!!

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  15. Thank you for this post! Even as believers we often forget how necessary prayer is for accomplishing the things God has given us to do. I’m very thankful when I come across these reminders.

  16. So! I’m not the only person God has revealed this too! And now we can pray for each other. More later. God bless!

  17. Lord, teach me to pray.

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