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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

When the Goin’ Gets Tough… Pray Like Jesus

Weariness can kill the practice of prayer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided to get up early in the morning or stay up a bit later at night to spend time talking with God. All the best laid plans… thwarted by sleepiness. Actually I’ve found that if I have trouble sleeping, I only need to start praying and just like that I drift off.

 

Jesus taught his followers a lesson about battling weariness. When we’re tired and spent and feel like giving up in a quest, we can borrow Jesus’ words. He’s another piece from Mark’s Gospel about the wonder words of Jesus and perseverance.

 

“Be alert” (Mark 13:33)

 

“Are you weary?”

 

It’s been a long wait. And the wait may continue. In the meantime, your enemy lulls you. Apathy is the poison. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands, and wham! You never wake up! So while you can, arise, and finish strong!

 

Urgency compelled Jesus on toward Jerusalem. He was going on purpose. His followers straggled behind. Along the way he warned them, “Be alert! It could be a long haul. You can never predict the hour when history will reach its climax. Stay on your guard. Keep watch. Keep the pace. Be alert.”

 

His two-word reveille: “Be alert!” By “Be alert!” Jesus meant, “Pay attention.” Pay, or pay with your life! Your enemy stalks like a lion. He devours sluggards who let down their guard. In the meantime it’s do, or die. So do be alert!”

 

Alertness is rest on a mission. In deliberate stillness, you focus and observe variations in the world. You evaluate these variations and discriminate between chance and design. Then you can decide how to act. With two borrowed words you call yourself and others to attention.

 

Answer boredom: “Be alert!” Answer impatience: “Be alert!” Answer tedium: “Be alert!” Answer exhaustion: “Be alert!” Answer distractions: “Be alert!” It is getting late.

 

Your mission: Find sleepiness, sloppiness, weariness, and uncertainty inside your own slacking soul, or in the lagging eyes of a friend. Wherever, blast a trumpet warning loud and strong: “Be alert!” You’ve come this far. Finish strong!

 

Question: “Are you weary?” Answer: “Be alert!”

  • Gordon Powers

    My Mother is 87 yrs. and in a care center that she really seems to like, however, her illnesses, minor cancer (if there really is such a thing),MS (diagnosed in her mid 30’s and has never been incapacitating til now maybe, to some degree), she is very miserable, almost mean. I pray with her, visit with her often. She seems to be totally giving up on living. She seems to think that God has forsaken her and nobody on Earth can really do anything for her. The doctors all say that her vitals are good for someone her age. I believe that she is struggling to find acceptance for her situation and I am running out of things to say to her. I need help. Could you please send me some short, easy to understand, quotes from people in a similar position that I could pass along to her? I love her so and want to help. She lost my Dad in 1994 and that makes her angry. All she talks about is going to be with him. Thank you.

  • Your Name

    wait on the lord. weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning! janice mckibben

  • Henri

    My question is ” Why Does God Aloud People To Suffer ” those people in need, that are poor, sick, homeless, etc.
    People that believe in his words, have prayed and prayed, paid tithes and called upon his name countless times only to be let down time and time again..
    I’m tired of praying for Unanswered Prayers.. I’m at a point that just want to give up praying and asking.. years of prayers prayed.. ” Why Does God Aloud People To Suffer ”
    But there is a small spot in my heart that will not let me stop praying and holding on to a little bit of faith.. But i’m tired , I’m tired…
    God Bless

  • Your Name

    Come to me all ye who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.
    There are times where the flesh is overcome by the weight of the need at hand and shuts down. There are other times where the Lord looks at our struggles to make a go of Christianity, and he calls us to rest.
    If you are always sleeping through your prayers, be alert.
    If you are tired and worn out from following God, rest. The Christian life is too hard for the simple reason that we are called to draw our strength from God. Our own efforts, our own wisdom, our own strength, will never accomplish the things God has in store for you.

  • http://www.praytel.net/blog Kevin Shorter

    Come to me all ye who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.
    There are times where the flesh is overcome by the weight of the need at hand and shuts down. There are other times where the Lord looks at our struggles to make a go of Christianity, and he calls us to rest.
    If you are always sleeping through your prayers, be alert.
    If you are tired and worn out from following God, rest. The Christian life is too hard for the simple reason that we are called to draw our strength from God. Our own efforts, our own wisdom, our own strength, will never accomplish the things God has in store for you.

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