[anzac] PRAYING TILL WE TRULY "PRAY"

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 13:21:00 -0500
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"Praying Till We PRAY"
-by A.W. Tozer.

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great praying man of a past generation, 
once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. 
Among these rules is this one:  "Pray till you pray."

The difference between praying till you quit and praying till 
you pray is illustrated by the American evangelist John 
Wesley Lee. He often likened a season of prayer to a 
church service, and insisted that many of us close the 
meeting before the service is over. He confessed that once 
he arose too soon from a prayer session and started down 
the street to take care of some pressing business. He had 
only gone a short distance when an inner voice reproached 
him. "Son," the voice seemed to say, "did you not
pronounce the benediction before the meeting was ended?" 
He understood, and at once hurried back to the place of 
prayer where he tarried till the burden lifted and the 
blessing came down.

The habit of breaking off our prayers before we have truly 
prayed is as common as it is unfortunate. Often the last 
ten minutes may mean more to us than the first half hour, 
because we must spend a long time getting into the 
proper mood to pray effectively. We may need to struggle 
with our thoughts to draw them in from where they have 
been scattered through the multitude of distractions that 
result from the task of living in a disordered world.

Here, as elsewhere in spiritual matters, we must be sure 
to distinguish the ideal from the real. Ideally we should be 
living moment-by-moment in a state of such perfect union 
with God that no special preparation is necessary. But 
actually there are few who can honestly say that this is
their experience. Candor will compel most of us to admit 
that we often experience a struggle before we can escape 
from the emotional alienation and sense of unreality that 
sometimes settle over us as a sort of prevailing mood.

Whatever a dreamy idealism may say, we are forced to 
deal with things down on the level of practical reality. If 
when we come to prayer our hearts feel dull and 
unspiritual, we should not try to argue ourselves out of it.
Rather, we should admit it frankly and pray our way 
through. Some Christians smile at the thought of 
"praying through," but something of the same idea is 
found in the writings of practically every great praying
saint from Daniel to the present day. We cannot afford to 
stop praying till we have actually prayed.
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