Habit of Praying

I’m reading “The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer”. It’s eight books together in one volume. It’s a great encouragement to pray and to keep praying. This a quote I read yesterday.

“The habit of praying is a good habit, and should be early and strongly formed; but to pray by habit merely is to destroy the life of prayer and allow it to degenerate into a hollow and sham-producing form. Habit may form the bank for the river of prayer, but there must be a strong, deep, pure current, crystal and life-giving, flowing between these two banks.”

I really like that. Prayer must stay fresh and living rather than becoming form and rote. Better to pray “poorly” than not pray at all. Prayer is an occupation that is definitely on the job training. We learn by doing, and the more we do, the more we learn. Always be open to learning and growing in prayer. The Bible is full of amazing promises about prayer, and we must begin to believe that God is telling the truth. As we begin to trust God’s promises we grow in confidence and pray larger and deeper. Don’t be afraid to launch into deeper waters and pray for greater things. Don’t worry about the “what ifs”, just press on to know Him better. He will be faithful to lead you on.

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