Paradoxes of Prayer

by Sylvia Gunter

daily devotional onlineLet me share with you some of the paradoxes we all are learning about prayer.

Prayer is easy, even a child can do it.
And it’s hard. It requires positive commitment to pray and not to do other things.

Prayer is simple, as simple as obedience to the next thing the Father says.
It is complex, the inexplicable invasion of the invisible.

Prayer is dramatic enough that the answer makes headlines in the newspaper.
It is also without fanfare, as a matter of course, about the mundane, like lost keys.

Prayer works.
Sometimes it appears not to work, but always God is at work.

Prayer will be misunderstood and even resisted. (The seven last words of the church are “We’ve never done it that way before.”)
It will at times be grabbed like a life preserver thrown to a drowning man.

Prayer is rejoicing and hilarious at times.
Sometimes it is with tears, weeping with the Father’s heart over a city or the church or your prodigal.

Prayer is war, and the language of the war room is appropriate: strategies, targets, “Prayer Force” saturation intercession.
It is intimacy, our hope for peace and rest.

Prayer will be opposed by the enemy.
Yet it will hit the bulls-eye with the accuracy of a sharp-shooter.

Prayer is infinitely powerful and a priceless privilege.
It is abjectly humble and an absolute necessity.

Just do it!  Your Father is pleased to hear His Son and His Spirit praying through you.

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One Response to Paradoxes of Prayer

  1. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    If you need a reason to pray,that`s reason enough, prayer does a Spirit and a body good,so just do it,prayer what a rush.amen

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