Foundation 2: You must make an absolute commitment to consistently spend significant time alone with God in uninterrupted prayer. Until you make the serious commitment to a significant daily prayer time, you will never go to the fullest depths of prayer or spiritual maturity, and you won’t become powerful in prayer.
Satan fears intercession more than anything else and fights prayer like no other area of your life. He does so for the following reasons.
- Prayer is an essential piece of your arsenal of spiritual warfare. It is through prayer that all other weapons are used. (Read 2 Corinthians 10:7)
- Prayer is crucial to putting on the whole armor of God. (Read Ephesians 6:10-17)
- Prayer is the primary way we exert spiritual authority and wage effective spiritual warfare. (Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
- Prayer is crucial to true evangelism. (Read Acts 2-4)
- Prayer is the central element of all great revivals and spiritual awakenings (along with scripture). (Read 2 Chronicles 7:14)
Our flesh always resists the development of a powerful prayer life.
“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:14-18)
The world’s system of human strength and promotion is the direct opposite of God’s ways. The world’s pattern is to exalt human programs, strengths and abilities. Yet, as the Scriptures clearly show, God’s pattern is to bring us to a point of utter weakness and total reliance on Himself.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Four Crucial Reasons to Spend Uninterrupted Time Alone with God
- To hear the still small voice “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:12) God often speaks in a still, small voice and we must still our hearts and give Him our undivided attention to clearly hear His voice.
- The clear example of Jesus “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” (Luke 6:12) “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:33-35). Time alone with God is the biblical example of Jesus Christ and the lives of powerful Christians throughout history.
- God’s Instruction “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6) The Scriptures state the importance of a solitary place to see God’s face.
- God both deserves and requires it “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) When we pray, we commune with the God of the entire universe and He deserves our undivided attention.
Take time right now to ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for significant, daily time alone with Him.