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The air which our body requires envelops us on every hand. The air of itself seeks to enter our bodies and, for this reason exerts pressure upon us. It is well known that it is more difficult to hold one’s breath than it is to breathe. We need but exercise our organs of respiration, and air will air will enter forthwith into our lungs and perform its life-giving function to the entire body.
The air which our souls needs also envelops all of us at all times and on all sides. God is round about us in Christ on every hand, with His many-sided and all sufficient grace. All we need to do is to open our hearts. Prayer is the breath of the soul, the organ by which we receive Christ into our parched and withered hearts.
Intercessory prayer…will necessarily require time. No one else, therefore, will be able to do it except those who are willing to sacrifice the time to do it. This alone is sufficient to make it clear to us that the work of intercession can be done only by those who are willing in spirit. All others will find more than enough excuses for not doing it. One excuse will be that they have not the time and cannot arrange to take the time.
To pray is nothing more involved than to open a door giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them.
He who gave us the privilege of prayer knows us very well. He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
That is why He designed prayer in such a way that the most impotent can make use of it. For to pray is to open the door unto Jesus.
“To strive in prayer means to struggle through those hindrances which would restrain or even prevent us entirely from continuing in persevering prayer. It means to be so watchful at all times that we can notice when we become slothful in prayer and that we go to the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied. In this struggle, too, the decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer.”