The War We are in
Foreign ambassadors get special treatment, called “diplomatic immunity.” They don’t go to prison—unless their home country is at war with their host country. Paul served as an “ambassador in chains” because his host nation (the world in rebellion against God) was at war with Jesus, his King.
You and I were born into this war. King Jesus has granted clemency to us who have switched our loyalty from personal independence to our Lord, Jesus. We become ambassadors who invite people to join our merry band (like Robin Hood waiting for the true king, Richard, to return home).
Our routine lives trick us to think we’re not at war, so we don’t pray. When crises hit us, we remember that this world wasn’t meant to be this way. Then we pray…until we adjust to the new normal. When we see that we’re at war, we pray. Sometimes, my ideas about what God will or won’t do in response to my prayers makes my desire to pray leak out. In other words, sometimes I think myself out of praying instead of following Scripture’s patterns to pray more.
The simplest reason I don’t pray is that I get out of the habit. When I finally block out a little time, that awkwardness has returned. Day 4 usually goes better than Day 1. So, I must not fall back to Day 1. Check out our 30 Days of Prayer to get past Day 1!