Striving in Prayer

When you think about prayer do you think about “striving” or “struggle”?  When is the last time that you really felt like you were tired after praying…not “tired” like falling asleep tired but “worn out” tired?  I confess that this doesn’t happen that much in my life but I think it should. Look at how the apostle Paul closes out chapter 15 of his letter to the Romans:  “30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.  Paul exhorts the Romans to “strive together with him in prayers to God”.  Wow! This seems to go beyond what most of us normally think about prayer.  Can I ask you to do the same for me?  The intensity of my prayer time has increased in the past month and a half and I want to develop more times when I am “striving” with the Lord in prayer. Would you consider striving together with me?

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