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Defiant prayers

Ever worried your prayers aren’t good enough, long enough or eloquent enough? It’s easy to think that we’re not good at praying simply because we can’t find the words. But think again.

Jesus teaches us that true, meaningful prayers don’t need to be long, wordy or impressive. They just have to be real, honest and from our hearts (Matt 6: 5-8).

For most of us that is pretty good news. Ask anyone who’s been through some rough times about their prayer life and it’s likely they’ll say that their prayers were more a mess of groanings, than a nicely structured series of sentences. Whether it’s cancer and illness, or terror and persecution, the simple uttering of ‘Father’ might sometimes be all we can manage. But that is OK.

In fact it’s more than OK. Acknowledging that God is our Father, that he is loving, for us and gracious during times of trial is an incredible act of defiant faith.

Many, many persecuted Christians defiantly pray even when change seems impossible. They pray in prison. They pray when they are beaten. They pray when their homes, businesses and churches are burned down. They pray as they are driven away from their communities.

And they ask us to join them as they cry out to God.

“True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before god may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.”

Why? Well, they know that our prayers matter. Time and again we hear from Christians facing arrest, trauma and terror that the prayers of Christians around the world keep them going. Jacob, in prison in Mozambique, received a message from a Christian visitor that people around the world were praying for him. His attitude totally changed: “I could rest in the knowledge and comfort of those prayers, regardless of what tomorrow would bring.”

Even our simplest, shortest prayers can bring hope. Together our prayers can hold up and push forward our persecuted family. So keep praying!

“True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before god may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.”
CH Spurgeon

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