Prayer Mentoring with Mark Batterson (#3)

A few more prayer maxims from Mark Batterson

The more you HAVE TO DO the more you HAVE TO PRAY.

Martin Luther purportedly said, “Tomorrow I plan to work, work, from early until late. In fact I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”  Some are not so sure that he actually said this but everyone agrees that it reflects accurately his attitude toward prayer. Me, not so much. My attitude is typically, “I have so much to do that I better get started doing it,” or “I have so much to do that I don’t have time to pray.” I guess that shows just how much I really value prayer. Still hoping that this is changing. I want to want to pray – not just do it because I feel like I should. Not there yet.

The MORE YOU PRAY the MORE YOU DREAM and the more you dream the more you HAVE to pray.

I do know what he means by this. Some of my best ideas have come to me while I was in prayer mode. You would think that this would motivate me to pray more. A good reminder.

WHO YOU BECOME is determined by HOW YOU PRAY.

I had to think on this one a bit. Here’s what I came up with. If I pray for material things I will become a worldly man. If I pray small prayers I will become a “small’ Christian. If I pray prayers that are bigger than me then my faith will grow bigger. If I pray to a God that can do great things then I will be used to do great things. If I pray that God would reach the nations with the gospel then I will develop a heart for the nations. If I pray for compassion and a heart that grieves for people who are lost then I will become a man who must find a way to reach them. So… I need to seriously evaluate how I pray.

What about you?

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