Rumpled prayer is more than incorrect words. It is prayer not even prayed. I have a sign on my window sill that says “Prayers that have never been prayed cannot be answered.”
We find it hard to give Christ a few minutes let alone the hour he mentions in Matthew 26:40.
Funny isn’t it. We know it works, we want to do it, we yearn to connect with God, yet we struggle to find time to pray.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”(From Matthew 40:36-41, NIV)
Struggling with temptation? Here is the cure. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”- Paul E. Billheimer
Prayer- Lord, we are just like those disciples, sleepy and weak. Help us we pray. Amen.