Pray or Else
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
We live in an age of substitutes. You can go to the store and buy hamburgers that don’t have any meat in them. You can buy clothing that has no natural materials. You can even get plastic and metal replacement parts for bad knees, hips, and shoulders. In many cases the substitutes that we’ve come up with work as well as (or at least almost as well as) the original. But there are some things that cannot be replaced. For the Christian, prayer is one of those things. There are only two choices for the believer—either we pray, or we will faint. Life is not meant to be lived in our own strength, and if we make that attempt, we are doomed to failure.
One hymnist said it this way:
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters Heav’n with prayer.
God’s plan for our