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Thoughts from a Sermon // Lazy Praying

Recently a friend shared a sermon with me; Listening to it this morning, I was extremely challenged. I've written out some thoughts from the sermon, but I encourage you to listen to it.

We are in a war. A very real war. A very dirty and bloody and hard war. A war not against flesh, not against other humans, a war against spiritual darkness, a war against evil, a war against the spiritual forces of Satan. Yet are we living that way? Are we girded in the armor of God? Are we fighting in this war? Are we preparing for this war? Are we pressing on even when it's hard? Or are we comfortable where we are? Are we content where we are? We've become so wrapped up in the things of the world. The world is trying to put us to sleep. It's trying to make us put down our guard.

God has given us everything that we need to fight in this war - the armor of God, the Spirit, His power. Jesus has already overcome Satan and the world and death. We are on the side that we know is going to win. We aren't supposed to fight on our own, but are we fighting at all? Are we attacking the fortresses of Satan at all? Satan has a whole force to attack us. He isn't sitting back letting everything just happening; He is working. Are we fighting Him?

We've grown apathetic here in America. We have all that we need, or so we think. We have plenty of time, or so we think. We go to church, pray, read the Bible, some even spend hours memorizing and studying the Scripture. But that isn't all there is to Christianity. Here in America our view of Christianity is skewed. Some people speak of radical Christianity. It isn't radical, it IS Christianity.

We are called to watch. We are called to prayer. We need a wake up call. We can't continue on in the way we've been going. We need to recognize that war is not passed; we are in the midst of it. Are our prayers desperate? Are we vigilant in our prayers? Or are our minds wandering? Are we falling asleep during prayer? Are we not praying at all? Are our prayers half hearted? We must wake up! We aren't living in reality. This war is the reality.

Could you not watch and pray? For one hour? What are you doing in an hour? Are you using it for your own interests and pleasures and hobbies? Or are you living for God? Are you giving your all for Him?

We are in a war in which thousands of people are losing their souls for eternity. We're sitting by and watching them go to hell. We have the cure, we have the truth, and yet, we're sitting back and doing nothing. We're letting them go to hell without a word.

So often though we read things like this, or listen to sermons like this. We hear so much truth every week, every day. But what are we doing with it? Are we just continuing on the same way we've been going, or are we taking this to heart? Is God's Word changing our lives? Are we applying what we are learning?

"The saint who goes forward on his knees will not retreat." - Jim Elliot

“Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” – John Bunyan

“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” – William Cowper

“Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.” – Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones

“If God will grant us the vision, the word sacrifice would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short; we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ.” – Nate Saint

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” – Charles Spurgeon

"Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle." - C. T. Studd 

"May we who know Christ hear the cry of the damned as they hurtle headlong into the Christless night without ever a chance. May we be moved with compassion as our Lord was. May we shed tears of repentance for these we have failed to bring out of darkness. Beyond the smiling scenes of Bethlehem may we see the crushing agony of Golgotha. May God give us a new vision of His will concerning the lost and our responsibility." - Nate Saint

This post isn't worded perfectly. This post isn't all beautiful and easy to read. It's an outpouring of what I've been thinking about lately. This is mean to challenge you. To wake you up. 


Rachel Irene said…
This was really good, thanks for sharing, Carissa! I also have been thinking quite a bit along these lines (*wink*) real this war is, how alert we must be...faithful to never stop fighting. Lord, give us the strength!
Love you, sis! <3
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