Yesterday morning, I shared about living regret free lives and that sometimes we have regrets about lost time. Namely, not spending enough time with God. It seems this is a regret of many people’s lives. John Piper wrote a great article that looks at the struggles that great men of faith have had with this very thing. Read the following and let it encourage you to know that you are not alone in this struggle.
Piper writes, “If you knew the struggles of the greatest of saints you might be heartened to press on in prayer in 2009.
John Newton (1725-1807)—slave trader, convert to Christ, author of “Amazing Grace,” pastor, fellow struggler—on a morning in April sometime between 1752 and 1756 wrote this:
Prayed over a part of the eighth of Romans in a way of paraphrase with some readiness. I greatly fail in the duty of meditation and am forced to use some artifice with myself to do it at all; thus sometimes I turn them into a prayer form, sometimes I suppose myself in imaginary conversation, sometimes that I am called upon to speak to a point.
Without something of this sort I am not able to engage myself to attend with any fixedness of thought, and with it, alas! how seldom, I would remember to pray for grace and direction in this matter that my delight may be in the Law of God to meditate therein day and night.”
In this new year seek to work on your prayer life and make an effort to grow in prayer and do not get discouraged if you falter. As the old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” The only way to become effective in prayer is to practice prayer.