What our fleshy man thinks:
“God, I’m tired of praying. Not just “sick” of praying, but physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually tired of praying. Are you even listening to me? How long is this going to take? It could be days, weeks, months, years, even decades from now! How long will I sit here and pray for this same thing to happen? Why am I praying for these people when they aren’t even praying for themselves? Why should I care about their future and them finding their calling when they don’t even care themselves? I don’t see any proof or evidence that my prayers are working or making a difference, so whats the point to continue putting all this effort in praying? I’m praying for all these people and all their situations, but is anyone even praying for me God?”
What our Spirit man knows:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lords people.” – Ephesians 6:18
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” – Philippians 4:6
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity. – Jeremiah 29:12-13
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24
There is a constant, daily battle between our fleshy man and our spirit man. Our fleshy man wants to question God, while our spirit man knows his limitless ability. But if that is the case, why do we continue to have this doubt? First, we are h-u-m-a-n. Our minds struggle with the concept of understanding Gods miraculous ways. We know what we are praying for and we really want it to happen, but we aren’t sure of “how” it would actually happen. But the best part is, the how part is not our job, it’s Gods. He already has that part figured out. All he asked us to do is pray. He didn’t ask us to figure out the solution then come to him with it, if that was the case what would we need God for?
Yes, you should pray for those people who aren’t even praying for themselves. If they aren’t praying for themselves, who is? You might be the only person interceding in prayer for them. Does it get tiring sometimes? Of course. We can’t always see the “outward” effect of our prayers, and most of the time that’s not where the effect takes place, its “internally.” Your prayers are more valuable than you think. Even the devil knows the power of your prayers, that is why he wants you to believe they are useless and not working, because he knows your prayers changes things. The people we are praying for need us and our prayers. Let’s continue to fight for them (in prayer) and watch God work.
“Pray continually.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17