The Effects of Prayerlessness

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Mark 14:37-38 “And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

Every failure in your Christian walk always has a trace of prayerlessness in it. There is no doubt that every believer has the feeling that they don't pray enough, and to some degree that feeling is right, but there are those who rarely pray and the result is tragic. You cannot be successful in your Christian walk without walking with God. Walking with God in prayer is what makes you more like Christ. Probably the reason there are so few Christians (Christ-like) is because so few people walk with God in prayer.

The early years of the disciples were marked with little prayer, and that is why they struggled so much while Jesus was on this earth. In the verses above, we see that the disciples were sleeping while Jesus was praying, and their lack of prayer led to many adverse actions. Let me share with you several effects that prayerlessness will have on your life.

First, prayerlessness results in fleshly living. In verse 47, Peter was drawing his sword to fight instead of letting God’s will to be done. When you find your flesh is winning in your responses to life’s situations, you need to increase your prayer time. The less time you spend in prayer always results in the flesh becoming strong.

Second, a fear-driven life is a result of prayerlessness. It says about the disciples in verse 50, “And they all forsook him, and fled.” Prayer is where boldness is found. Had the disciples spent time praying instead of sleeping, their faith would have given them the boldness to stand strong with Jesus. Fear always flees from the heart of the believer when that believer spends time in prayer with God strengthening their faith. Your faith is strengthened in prayer, which results in fears being squelched. If you find that fear is driving your life, spend more time in prayer giving those fears to God so that He can strengthen your faith.

Third, a distancing from Jesus is the result of prayerlessness. In verse 54, Peter followed Jesus “afar off.” When people start backing up from serving the LORD, it is always marked by prayerlessness. Any person who spends time in prayer will always want to walk closer to God in His yoke of service. When someone comes to me and tells me that they need to do give up some of their church duties, I always know that they have not been praying as they should. Prayer increases your desire to walk with God in His yoke of service, which takes away the desire to quit your spiritual duties.

Fourth, a lack of boldness is a result of prayerlessness. In verse 68, the normally bold Peter was quite timid. You can't be courageous in your Christian walk when you are not walking with God in prayer. Boldness is a result of spending time with Jesus in prayer, and you will find your boldness weakening when your prayer life is anemic.

Fifth, worldliness is a result of prayerlessness. In verse 71, Peter was cursing like the world. You are like who you walk with the most. If you walk with God in prayer, you will be more like God; however, if you are not walking with God in prayer, you are then walking in the world which will always result in worldliness. Your daily walk always tells about your prayer life.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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