In Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest he says the following:
“Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God himself.”
We are always talking about how we need to “feed ourselves” because we aren’t being fed properly by our Pastor, or we disagree with our church, or we’ve been hurt by our brothers/sisters in fellowship. Our list of reasons goes on and on. I myself am guilty of saying this at times. We read books, we listen to teachings, we watch tv preachers: all these things that we see as “feeding ourselves”. Do you feel bloated yet?
But Oswald Chambers sums it up excellently.
“What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer.”
“Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished.”
So how should we feed ourselves? How do we insure that we know God? How do we live our lives and feel sustained in all aspects?
We pray. And we pray without ceasing………………..