Over the past weeks, I have been sharing my prayer journey, and have found myself wondering if I am the only one that has had problems with the attitude of prayer and the requirements to getting prayers heard.
My post on June 24 in which I admitted to my fear of submitting completely to God’s will because there are things that I simply do not want to do, brought a deafening silence in response; making me question what was wrong with me that no one else seemed to have this problem.
Since then my Pastor’s wife gave me Bruce Wilkinson’s book “Secrets of the Vine”, a sequel to his book “The Prayer of Jabez.” Also, I bought Elisa Morgan’s book “The Prayer Coin”, which I heard about at church. Both of these books have shown me that I am, in fact, not alone in these struggles.
Bruce Wilkinson admits to having struggled against God, often feeling disappointment, doubt and even anger, and gives examples from others that he has talked to that are struggling for various reasons. He then shows how John chapter 15 teaches us to abide in Christ, allowing Him to work through us for God’s glory.
Elisa Morgan’s honest, heartfelt account of her struggles against praying for God’s will and her journey to praying “Not my will, but Yours” opened my eyes to the fact that there are, indeed, others that fight against giving up complete control. She uses Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as the model for the transition from “Take this Cup from me” to “Not my will, but Yours”.
Both of these books are powerful illustrations for those of us that struggle in our prayer life and in our understanding of God. I recommend both to anyone that would like more insight into the area of prayer and an abundant life. I also recommend The Prayer of Jabez – which shows how to ask God for a life of (in Wilkerson’s words) ‘abundant impact and significance’ for Him.