Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Automobiles aren’t like they used to be. In former days, we had to give them a tune-up every 15,000 miles or so. Now-a-days, about every 100,000 miles. But they need a tune-up nonetheless.
Our prayer lives are like that. Most of us could use a little tune-up from time to time. We often lack consistency. You know what I mean, don’t you? It’s feast or famine; desert or oasis—long, dry spells with occasional interruptions of revival water.
And let’s not forget the times of insincerity. Those kind of prayers are hollow, memorized, and rigid. Even though they are offered daily, they are more liturgical than lively, and they can be really dull.
How about dishonest prayers? That’s when we ask Him for something while in the back of our minds we're saying, “Yeah, right. Like He’s going to answer that one.”
I have encouraging news for you today. Though our prayers are awkward and our attempts feeble, the power of prayer is in the One who hears it, not the one who prays it. Since God is the Hearer, prayer makes a difference!
It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does His will. John 9:31 [The MESSAGE Paraphrase]