Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of things that you already know.
In our Wednesday evening intercessory prayer time, we were reminded that the enjoyment or delight in our prayer life does not come automatically. Many times we come to prayer and, because we don’t have a discernible desire to pray, we let it go. “I’ll pray when I feel more like it.” And then it never happens.
It is good to be reminded that the desire to pray is a gift from our Father in heaven who wants to share in our lives. He wants us to bring our concerns and problems to Him. He wants us to share our joys with Him as well. As a loving Father, He wants to hear from us. In the natural, we get busy and we think we can handle all our stuff by ourselves; and then when our world seems like it is going to crash around us, we think about God.
As parents, we want to stay connected to our children. So God will give us the desire to pray as we turn our attention to Him. But then we also have to stay with it. It can’t become a haphazard exercise. The regular discipline of daily prayer is essential to keep that connection fresh and energized.
Only when we receive from the Father the desire to pray, and discipline ourselves to come to Him regularly, will the pleasure of prayer become a part of our lives. Are you struggling with your prayer life? Ask God to give you the desire to pray, the want to, and make it a regular part of your daily routine. You will be amazed how quickly those special times with the Father become delightful times of sharing together.