Prayer is the greatest privilege offered to a person in Christ. Satan knows that an individual is only as powerful as his or her prayer life. Therefore, he uses misconceptions about prayer to thwart our prayer potential. These misconceptions are hurdles we must overcome in order to receive answers to prayer.
The first hurdle is the desire to read about the Bible and prayer rather than to study the Word itself and equip oneself for prayer. We gain a false sense of satisfaction when we learn about something but don’t actually do it. We may think it’s part of our lives, but it really hasn’t moved from our heads to our hearts, from theory to practice.
Satan loves it when we read about what we should be doing but never do it; when we buy books on prayer and the Bible but never follow what they say. It’s like buying a cookbook but never making the recipes.
Many Christians read in the Bible about believers receiving answers to their prayers, and they feel inspired. They may say, “Daniel prayed, Joseph prayed, and look at the results they had. ‘The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective’ (James 5:16). I should pray, too.” However, they never commit to prayer.
We often have the false idea that if we know a great deal about prayer, somehow we have prayed. You may say, “This is powerful. This can change my life.” However, if you don’t apply these principles to your life, you will not grow spiritually.
A major cause of unanswered prayer is becoming an expert in the knowledge of prayer but not a master in the practice of praying.
Father, I don’t want to be a hearer of the Word only, but also a doer. As I learn about the principles of prayer, help me to apply them in my prayer life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: The best approach to prayer is to pray.
Reading: Judges 13–15; Luke 6:27–49
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional