Refocusing on Prayer


Examine Your Prayer Life

Key Bible Verse: “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” (Revelation 3:19)

Dig Deeper: Revelation 3:14-22

I decided to take a spiritual retreat, all by myself, at a friend’s cabin. I was convicted that my prayer life was putrid. Foul smelling. Stinky. Like the prophet Isaiah, I became totally undone before a holy God (Isa. 6:5).

In my prayerlessness, I had [failed] my wife, our children, and grandchildren. I failed the investors in the ministry as well as [the] men and women in prison and their families for whom I had been called to be a voice (Prov. 31:8-9). I had neglected the precious bride of Christ, the church, which I had been called to serve. I had blindly contented myself with a lukewarm ministry. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that my prayer patterns and purposes were focused on the human trinity – me, myself, and I – not on the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Right then and there, after getting the real perspective and picture of the damage a prayerless life causes, I repented of my hypocrisy and nonexistent prayer life. I cried out to God my Father and adopted David’s prayer of repentance from Psalm 51 as my own.

The Holy Spirit gave me not only fresh mercy but a fresh abundance of undeserved grace. After praying Psalm 51 as my own prayer of confession and repentance, i was reassured that although sin has major consequences, God is willing and able to forgive any repentant sinner, regardless of the sin and its gravity.

– Manny Mill in Radical Prayer

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