Devotion: James 5:17-18
Why do we stop praying? Is it because we can’t see any tangible difference with our natural eyes? Mark Batterson says in His Book “The Circle Maker;” “We allow our circumstances to get between God and us instead of putting God between us and our circumstances.”
Remember the prophet Elijah? There had not been any rain in Israel for three long years. The Lord promised elijah that HE would send rain, but Elijah still had to pray and pray until the rain came. Up on a mountain top, flat on his face before the Lord, Elijah kept on asking. What if he had stopped at the sixth time? The prayer would not have been answered. Each time he asked his servant to go look to see if there was even a cloud. His servant saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand and Elijah prayed one more time. The wind started to blow and the dark clouds formed.
A man named Anders Ericsson and his colleagues at Berlin’s elite Academy of Music did a study with musicians. They began by dividing violinists into three groups: world class soloists, good violinists and those who were unlikely to play professionally. All of them started playing at roughly the same age and practiced about the same amount of time until the age of eight. That’s when their practice habits diverged. At the age of twenty, players had logged about four thousand hours of practice time; the good violinist totaled about eight thousand hours; the elite performers set the standard with ten thousand hours. Persistence is the magic bullet.
A Neurologist named Daniel Levitin found this to be true to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything. No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time.
Here’s the question Batterson asks and I want you to ask yourself? “Is prayer any different? It’s a habit to be cultivated. It is a discipline to be developed, a skill to be practiced. Prayer should not be reduced to hard time logged but if you want to achieve mastery, it might take ten thousand hours.” Will you pray in 2016 until something changes?
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, may I be willing to pray until something happens. I want the doors of heaven to be pushed open. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. You are my True and Living God. I long for a closer walk with you Jesus. Day by day, may I see Your face. I pray You will hear from heaven, forgive my sins and answer the fervent, effectual prayers that avail much. I love You Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen