Why We Have Failure in Our Prayer Life

13 Feb

Here’s a powerful thought on prayer from John Piper in one of my top 5 books of all time, Desiring God.  Here I have underlined a key thought as the author is referring to the woman at the well from John chapter 4…

Jesus says to the woman, “If you just knew the gift of God and who I am, you would ask Me—you would pray to Me!” There is a direct correlation between not knowing Jesus well and not asking much from Him. A failure in our prayer life is generally a failure to know Jesus. “If you knew who was talking to you, you would ask Me!” A prayerless Christian is like a bus driver trying alone to push his bus out of a rut because he doesn’t know Clark Kent is on board. “If you knew, you would ask.” A prayerless Christian is like having your room wallpapered with Saks Fifth Avenue gift certificates but always shopping at Goodwill because you can’t read. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that speaks to you, you would ask—you would ask!”

How true – those who do not ask much from God do not know God very well.  Our prayer life is a demonstration of our knowledge of God.  If I truly know Him, I will go to Him with all my needs.

Does your prayer life demonstrate an intimate knowledge of God?


Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Why We Have Failure in Our Prayer Life

  1. Jan Newton

    February 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

    That was amazing Roger, and just what I needed today. Thanks


    • rogerknowlton

      February 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Great Jan! Thanks! How are you and yours doing?


  2. James Schwindt

    February 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I could probably piece together most of the books from your top five based on comments from other posts. Would you mind posting your top 5 in its entirety sometime??



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