The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
Prayer (this side of heaven) will always be hard and will always take discipline, but when I see it as a means to communion with God, it feels more like a “get to” than a “have to.”
In every good work, we must depend on the Lord. If anyone rises so that he may give the time which he takes from sleep to prayer and meditation, let him be sure that Satan will try to put obstacles in the way.
It is not possible to live in sin, and at the same time, by communion with God, draw down from heaven everything one needs for this life.
Our trouble is that so often we come to God with our greeds rather than our needs. Already having everything we need, we pray for what we want. This becomes the source of our discontent: we desire things that God has not promised.
It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity. To try to do so will kill a prayer life. To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it.
The highest position, in the greatest and most complicated monarchy, did not keep Daniel from daily, frequent supplication.
All hindrance to prayer arises from ignorance of the teaching of God’s Holy Word on the life of holiness He has planned for all His children or from an unwillingness to consecrate ourselves fully to Him. When we can truthfully say to our Father, “All that I am and have is Thine,” then He can say to us, “All that is Mine is thine.”