MANY PEOPLE DO AND YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
How many times have you heard someone say this:
"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak".
Now people use this as an excuse for all sorts of situations
and none more so than connected with praying.
"I just can't seem to get out of bed in the morning because I am so
"If only I had more time I could pray more!" etc
The actual fact of the matter is this: "The spirit may be willing but
the flesh is not weak but very much alive, strong and in control."
Why is this so?
There are many reasons but in this paper we'll look at four main ones:
1. Praying is hard if you're not saved
2. Praying is hard if you're saved and deceived
3. Praying is hard if you're saved but filling your life up with garbage
4. How to start praying again
"But God forbid that l should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and l unto the world. (Galatians 6:14)
1. PRAYING IS HARD IF YOU'RE NOT SAVED
Many people are praying to God
but it's as if the cable is broken or something. There are many religious
people - good people who do their best who seem to be very diligent with
praying but God doesn't seem to hear. Now why do you suppose that would be so?
The King James Bible has something to say: "He that believeth on the
Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but
the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)
All very simple! If you haven't called on the name of the Lord and received Him
as Saviour (that's Jesus Christ), you're not saved. The above verses say that
if you're not saved, you don't have access to the Father who is in heaven. No
matter how hard you try by fasting and deprivation, you have no chance of the
Father hearing you if you haven't received, honoured, believed and trusted
totally in Jesus for salvation.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
There are many religious people who believe in God, go to church, try to keep
the Ten Commandments, live for God, do their best, try to be good people, got
baptized as a baby, love their neighbours as themselves, are church members and
take holy communion .... and do you know what? God can't hear their prayers, no
matter how long and hard they pray! Put it this way - they get baptized, join a
church live a good, moral life AND BURN FOREVER IN HELL.
Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, was in this category before he was saved...
before God showed him that the just shall live by faith alone in Christ alone.
see many people are praying to God - why there must be over a billion
Roman Catholics worldwide and God won't listen to their prayers. Why?
Was Mother Teresa saved? NO. She was trusting in her works to impress God and
get her into heaven. Why would she not spend money (and she had millions in the
bank) on the poor suffering wretches in her care? ANSWER: She believed that
their suffering here on earth helped purge them of their sins and so be more
acceptable to God by being more internally pure in His eyes! What an
2. PRAYING IS HARD IF YOU'RE SAVED BUT DECEIVED
3. AND FILLING YOUR LIFE UP WITH GARBAGE
This comes as quite a shock to Christians who believe that Christians can't be deceived.
If you have this view as well, it probably means that you are deceived.
Let me prove it to you that you may be in deception and have
error in your
"PEOPLE WHO FIND IT HARD TO PRAY" CHECK LIST. Can
you find yourself in any of the following?
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the
(1 Corinthians 5:6)
You like the modern versions of the
You believe the radio's music and
the movies are alright.
You like the world's fashions-
clothes & nose rings.
You go to a church with women
You go to a charismatic or
You believe in joining together
with other churches.
You believe the King James Bible
You believe baptism in the Spirit
happens after being saved.
You believe we should get back to
the Ten Commandments.
You believe in the Azuza Street
You liked the Pensacola and
You believe you must be healed as
You desire the power as spoken of
in the Bible.
You believe in signs and wonders
are for today.
You desire 'pentecostal'
experiences and the gifts.
You desire daily blessings in the
You believe that tithing is taught
in the New Testament.
You don't believe that doctrine is
You believe in evolution or
You believe you have to be
baptized to be saved.
You believe you can lose your
You don't believe in the rapture of the church.
You believe everlasting punishment
You believe in the Bristish-Israel
You believe babaies should be
baptized to be saved.
You believe in the World Council
You believe Catholics are
You involve yourself in Promise
You believe the Alpha Course is
You believe in Inter-Faith church
You believe Billy Graham preaches
You believe in the unity of the
You believe Hinn, Meyer, Dobson,
You believe Christians should be
You believe that Christians should
You believe that Christians can do
Martial Arts, and have Homeopathy, Acupuncture or Yoga.
You read plenty of books on
You believe in the Meyen Briggs
You don't believe in the
resurrection of the church.
You believe Christians should love
You believe in Christian
Psychology & counseling.
You believe in The Four
You believe in the church offering
You believe in Healing of
You liked "Boundaries"
by Cloud & Townsend.
You believe we shouldn't judge
You believe homosexuality is a
You believe in learning to love
You believe God is love not wrath.
You believe churches should find
out what people want.
You believe Pastors should share
more rather than preach.
You believe in the acceptance of
You believe that there should be
less emphasis on doctrine.
You believe self-esteem is an
important part of the Gospel.
You believe in infant baptism.
You believe churches should attract
people to services.
You believe toleration of all
religious views is important.
You believe fellowship is more
important than doctrine.
You like the term
"partner" instead of spouse.
You believe that dating is
You believe that Pastors should
preach to needs.
You believe in preaching on Issues
rather than Bible.
You believe there is Christian
You believe that Calvinism is
You believe Freemasons can be
Christians and vice - versa.
You believe Amway is alright in a
How did you go?
If you did you're under deception and that makes it all that much
harder when you pray to God. Sort of like spiritual cholesterol, the
prayers are finding it hard to get through because the "vessel"
is all clogged up and needs major surgery.
4 . START PRAYING AGAIN
BACK TO THE CROSS!
reading the King James Bible and stop praying all those "heal me, bless
me, feed me" prayers that concentrate on self and your desires and
needs. Start praying for God's will to be done and the glory of
Christ's soon return for His church.
The victory that Christ won over Satan came about through His willing submission to the father's will: "Father, if thou be willing, remove
this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42)
When we follow that same path, then His triumph is ours.
way of victory confounds not only Satan but also sincere Christians who
mistakenly believe that God's purpose has been frustrated and the
church defeated, if we do not take over the world and set up His
is beyond our comprehension that the wounds inflicted in murderous
hatred by thorns, lash, nails and spear drew forth the blood that saves
those who believe that Christ died for their sins.
It is this path that we are to take if we are to be Christ's disciples.
Contrary to popular thinking, this way of the cross and the denial of
the self to know the resurrection life is the way of inexpressible joy.
The victory is best stated: "They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:11).
God has revealed to victorious Christians the cross and this has
left its indelible stamp on their lives. Overwhelmed by the staggering
realisation that the Creator of the universe would become man in order
to bear the full weight of the eternal judgment that they deserved,
they gladly confess that they no longer belong to self but to the Lord
Jesus Christ who purchased them with His blood.
are then freed from the inner criminal and their own self-centred
anxieties that blinded them to the joy of surrender. Their lives are
not their own, for they now belong to Jesus Christ totally and forever.
He has given them eternal life and they will never perish. "But God forbid that l
should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is
crucified unto me, and l unto the world." (Galatians 6:14)
By Harley Hitchcock