“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray” (Samuel Chadwick).
Lately, I’m starting to realize that praying without ceasing doesn’t always look like me on my knees in prayer for 3-4 hours straight. There’s no way I could keep my mind from wandering off in a thousand different directions in that span of time.
For me, praying without ceasing means that I’m offering up a quick prayer every time I feel an anxious thought or remember a friend in need or hear about a tragedy– or sometimes when an overwhelming sense of gratitude hits me.
I’ve been reading through The Valley of Vision, and those Puritan prayers could very well be my own most of the time. Sometimes, I will use the words of others for my prayers when I can’t find words of my own. Sometimes, I pray Scripture as it comes to mind.
If you wait until you can pray well to pray, you will never pray at all. Or only very little. Besides, God knows the need before you ask and hears you when all you have are groans and sighs too deep for words.
So pray, knowing that it is God’s delight to hear from His children, no matter how eloquent or wordless their prayers are.