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Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”
Immediately upon reading this passage and Spurgeon’s subsequent commentary I ask myself why “calling unto Him” is such a chore for me.
In one respect I know its pride that keeps me from calling unto Him. Prayer is an acknowledgment that I am not in control; it is a struggle because it is me affirming my dependence on Him.
In his book the weapon of prayer, E.M. Bounds wrote, “Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need. It is the voice of a beggar, conscious of his poverty, asking of another the things he needs. Not to pray is not only to declare that there is nothing needed, but to admit to a nonrealization of that need.”
I am not in control of my destiny…Prayer is an acknowledgement of that; a holy unwillingness to not accept things as they are. God wants to show us great things and as Spurgeon so eloquently describes it, “Prayer is the chariot that takes us there.”
For me there is an obvious adversary who does not want me to pray (or be in God’s word for that matter). When I go to pray it is a battle; interruptions and daydreaming come hard and heavy. Prayer makes a difference and the battle must be confronted with all the force that we can muster. It is one component of the full armor of God.
May God strengthen each and every one of us today and put us in a place where we are driven to our knees in prayer.