“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25).

When we speak of a lack of prayer and the desire for a fuller prayer life, there are some difficulties to be faced. Often we resolve to pray more and utterly fail. Our prayers, rather than being full of joy and strength can often be a source of self-condemnation and doubt.

It is important to distinguish between the symptoms of a disease and the disease itself. If a patient were to ask the doctor to give him something to stimulate a weak pulse, he would be told this is not the issue. The pulse is the index of the state of the heart and with whole system. The doctor strives to health restored, but he must first determine the cause of the weak pulse.

God has so created us that the exercise of every healthy function causes joy. Prayer is meant to be as simple and natural to the believer as breathing or working is to a healthy individual. If we feel reluctance, it is God’s reminder to acknowledge our “disease” and to come to Him for the healing He has promised. The Holy Spirit brings the full experience of what life in Christ can mean for us. The solution is the great Physician bringing the healing. For what is impossible with man is possible with God (Matthew 19:26).

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray