Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
Pray without ceasing.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
I am increasingly convinced not only of prayer's importance, but also of the need for its unrelenting necessity. I fear this necessity has fallen from the banquet table of our over-filled lives. By reaching for man's sugar, we neglect God's Substance.
Therein we become fat without muscle, form without content, head without heart and a church without Spirit.
'I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons' (1 Corinthians 10:20-21).
'A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church' (Charles Spurgeon).
God's power players begin in a kneeling position. Not in oration, but submission. Not in board rooms, but prayer closets.
'For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places' (Ephesians 6:12).
Jesus the Man prayed frequently--enough to say that, 'You, Father, are in Me, and I in You' (John 17:21); enough to 'Know that You always hear Me' (John 11:42); enough to defeat Satan and save the world.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your Coach does not lie beyond but within. Practice your lines with Him. Listen to His advice. Pray for everyone you know and everyone you don't. Only with consistent prayer can you stay humble enough to lead and strong enough to fight.
Christian Holocaust survivor, Corrie Ten Boom, asked us an important question: 'Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?'
Let prayer be your steering wheel. You'll never run off God's road. You'll never go flat.
Additional Reading: Focus On The Family article on the prayer life of Jesus:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Prayer Warriors series.