A few weeks ago, my wife called me to tell me she had a flat Tire. I drove to meet her where she had pulled on the side of the highway. After I removed the bad tire, I pulled my Spare Tire. To my surprise the spare tire was low on air.
Many years had passed since I had my last flat tire. A spare tire is just something I don’t pay attention to until I need it.
Some people are sort of like that in the area of Prayer. As long as life seems OK or is manageable, they don’t give due attention to communication with God. It is only when all hell breaks loose in their life that they take prayer seriously. But one of the best ways to assure that God will hear us when we are desperate for Him is to talk to Him when all seems well in our life.
During His public ministry, Jesus taught a parable to encourage us to pray at all times and to never faint (Luke 18:1). To be effective in prayer, we must employ both of these disciplines—pray at all times and never faint—in our life.
To pray at all times does not mean we must pray 24/7. Even Jesus didn’t do that. But it does mean we should prayer earnestly and daily. Our commitment to faithfully spending time with God should not be a function of what’s going on in our life. We should pray at all times because we love our heavenly Father, because prayer is the means by which we make our requests to and receive from God, and because prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have.
Equally important, Jesus says we should not faint or lose heart when we pray. Sometimes, the burdens of life can make it hard for us to pray. Sometimes, we feel inclined to lose heart because little or nothing seems to be changing as a result of prayer. Our flesh may be weak but our spirit is willing. Also, God has given us the wherewithal to continue to stay the course in prayer until the battle at hand is won.
The spare tire analogy should have no place in the life of a Christian. The truth is that we always need prayer even when it may seem as if we don’t. That’s because our adversary the devil is relentless in going about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
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