THE COST OF PRAYER
Prayer is an exercise in the
totality of the spirit, mind and body.
If we fail to offer our entire being on the altar of prayer, no power
can be generated. In order to obtain greater
rewards, it is necessary to pay a higher price in prayer.
The cost of prayer is the sweat of
supplication. Wrestle hard in the spirit
until we have prevailed. Hold on to God
until His blessing comes.
The cost of prayer is the tears of
contrition. Deeply grieve for our own
sins and repent with the outpouring of our souls until we receive the assurance
of God's forgiveness.
The cost of prayer is long
suffering. Only by the victory over the
challenge of time, will we attain the promise of God. Persistent prayer plus patient waiting will
afford us the understanding of God's will and His guidance.
The cost of prayer is suffering of
the flesh by fasting and restraining the desires. When we reduce the desires of the flesh to
the lowest level, we will behold God's glory and enjoy the immeasurable spiritual
joy. Through fellowshipping with God
face to face, we will reflect the brightness of His divine character.
The cost of prayer is totally
denying ourselves and unconditionally surrendering ourselves under God's
will. Not force God to follow our own will
and plans, but nail ourselves on the cross in prayer, even determine to suffer
or die for God, to the degree of absolute selflessness to Him. This is the highest price of prayer we must
pay in order to accomplish the greatest task for God.
Let us all learn from the prayer
of the wrestling of Jacob, the fasting of Moses, the persistence of Elijah and
the supplication of the Lord Jesus.