In his book; WHY REVIVAL TARRIES, Leonard Ravenhill says one of the reasons is "we lack urgency in prayer, we pray with a take it or leave it attitude, we pray chance prayers, and we do not even have a strong desire; but in fact are rather fitful, moody and spasmodic."
If there is any truth in the above statement at all, then we must do all that is possible to become people who are praying according to God's own pattern, and therefore people who get God's guaranteed results.
As a person once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!"
The main thing is to know the Lord and abide in Him. To know the Lord intimately we must of course fellowship with Him. It would be impossible to know anybody in an intimate way without communication with them. For us Christians this is where prayer comes in.
Prayer, simply put, is communication with God. It is a dialogue not a monologue!
Luke 18:1 NIV...they should always pray and not give up.
Luke 18:1 NKJV ...men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
Luke 18:1 TLB…they must keep praying until the answer comes.
Like 18:2 TM…for them to pray consistently and never quit.
Notice Jesus links inconsistent prayer and losing heart together.
The word 'and' used here is a joining word and we could easily read the verse in this manner for learning purposes ...they should not lose heart and they should keep praying.
PRAYER MUST BECOME A PRIORITY!
Jesus clearly taught us about prayer when He gave the model prayer:
Matthew 6:9 "Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever."
We must press in to take our prayer life to the next level and not simply say 'I'm just waiting on Him to move in His perfect timing etc'. The truth about the matter is most of the time He is waiting on us to move first! God has already moved for us. He sent Jesus to die a violent death on the cross to pay for your sins.
God raised Him from the dead and then gave us His Name, His blood, His Word, and His Holy Spirit to help us pray. If you have been discouraged take heart. If you are weary and the road has been rough in your journey this past year, please don't give up! Pray consistently according to God’s Word.