Behind Closed Doors: Opening the Secrets of Persistent Prayer - Part 2

Millions of Americans are praying every day. And yet, not all are really communicating with God. And fewer still are praying with the boldness and persistence Jesus mandates.

If millions were, we’d see greater results, because persistent prayer changes circumstances and attitudes. It removes obstacles and fears. It even moves mountains.

“If you have faith as a mustard seed,” Jesus said,you shall say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

According to this scripture, prayer helps you do more than climb mountains – it helps you move them. And that kind of strength and power comes from one thing only – a robust, virile, and exuberant prayer life.

How’s your prayer life today? Are you persistent? Are you bold? Are you getting through to God? If not, ask yourself these key questions.

Am I Praying with the Wrong Motives?

Ask yourself: What is my agenda when I pray? Am I asking God to make my circumstances more comfortable? Am I looking for an esoteric experience, for power, or for spiritual gifts that might elevate me above other Christians? If so, my motives for prayer may be self-seeking, not God-seeking.

An exuberant prayer life flows from a passion to commune with God no matter what the cost. First and foremost, desire Jesus Himself and the power to serve Him—then all else will follow. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

God-seeking prayers contain no hidden agendas. With the right motives, your prayers may sound like this, “Please, Lord, help me to think clearly…cleanse my heart of all that’s not pleasing to you…purify my desires, God…give me the compassion and love I need to forgive my offenders…”

Originally published in “Come Up Higher” newsletter volume 3, number 6 June 1997

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