“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these rules is this one: “Pray till you pray.”

The habit of breaking off our prayers before we have truly prayed is as common as it is unfortunate. Often the last ten minutes mean more to us than the first half-hour, because we must spend a long time getting into the proper mood to pray, in order to pray effectively. We may need to struggle with our thoughts to draw them in from where they have scattered through the multitude of distractions that result from the task of living in a disordered world. If when we come to prayer our hearts feel dull and unspiritual, we should try not to argue ourselves out of it. Rather, we should admit it frankly and pray our way through. Some Christians smile at the thought of “praying through,” but something of the same thing is found in the writings of practically every great praying saint from Daniel to the present day. We cannot afford to stop praying till we have actually prayed. Ask God to help you wait and ‘pray through.”

Adapted from Tozier on Christian Leadership