in case of emergency

Posted: October 27, 2008 in Prayer

Is this our mentality about prayer and reading the bible—“in case of an emergency”? Have we as Christians reduced the basic daily routine of a quiet time down to whenever it is convenient for us? Have we arrived on the battle lines without weapons because they are burdensome and weighing us down? Why is it that we have such a hard time having a consistent daily quiet time?

I admit at times, prayer and reading the bible was laborious and boring. My attitude was, “I’ll read and pray when I need to or when time allows.” That was not only painful to write, but as I reflect back on how I felt at the time, it makes me sick at my stomach. How could I ever treat my personal time with Almighty God with such a flippant attitude. I would read and pray only when I needed something from God like direction, healing, or money. Many times, prayer was so foreign that I didn’t like praying in front of people because I didn’t know how to talk to God. I love what John Piper says in his book, Let the Nations be Glad, when he writes. . .

So I do not tire of saying to our church, The number one reason why prayer malfunctions in the hands of believers is that they try to turn a wartime walkie-talkie into a domestic intercom.

Until you believe that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for. Prayer is for the accomplishment of a wartime mission. It is as though the field commander (Jesus) called in the troops, gave them a crucial mission (“Go and bear fruit”), handed each of them a personal transmitter coded to the frequency of the general’s headquarters, and said, “Comrades, the general has a mission for you. He aims to see it accomplished. And to that end he has authorized me to give each of you personal access to him through these transmitters. If you stay true to his mission and seek his victory first, he will always be as close as your transmitter, to give tactical advice and to send in air cover when you or your comrades need it.”

But what have millions of Christians done? They have stopped believing that we are in a war. No urgency, no watching, no vigilance, no strategic planning. Just easy peacetime and prosperity. And what did they do with the walkie-talkie? They tried to rig it up as an intercom in their cushy houses and cabins and boats and cars – not to call in fire power for conflict with a mortal enemy, but to ask the maid to bring another pillow to the den.”

The battle is before me, my enemy is eagerly waiting, the trumpets have sounded, the marching has begun, flaming arrows have lit the sky. Stay with me Lord Jesus. I need You!

“What you do before sunup determines whether you have victory before sundown.”
~ Lester Roloff

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