Why We All Struggle With The Subject of Prayer

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Hi T____, 
In time the Lord will grow you to the point that you will honestly be able to ‘rejoice in tribulation.’

Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season , if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

The most wonderful thing and the most valuable benefit of being given eyes to see the total sovereignty of God in all things, is the peace of mind that comes with having so many conflicting questions answered. Peace of mind cannot have a price placed upon it. It is the most wonderful thing to know that Christ is working all things together for our good.
But there is always this same trial that accompanies this priceless blessing of Christ’s peace of mind. That trial is the inability to maintain a zealous, diligent, sober and vigilant spirit. It is common for us all to struggle to see the need for “effectual, fervent prayer” after coming to see that God is working all things after the counsel of His own will” and actually has our entire lives written in “His book… all the days ordained for us, even before there were any of them.”

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them. (ASV)

In His time you will be brought to understand that God’s sovereignty even encompasses a fervent, diligent and vigilant spirit. In time you will see that the very desire to pray is placed in our hearts by Christ, who knows what we have need of before we ever ask, and yet He insists that we humble ourselves and gratefully make our petitions known to Him who knows them already:

Mat 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Phil. 4:6  Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. (CEV)

You seem to have just such an attitude, and I thank God for that.
I hope this has helped you to understand why you are struggling with the concept of prayer, and I hope you are encouraged to go before your heavenly Father importunately, fervently, diligently and make your requests known, always praying “with a grateful heart… according to His will.”
Your brother in Christ.

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