“And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40 (AMP)
Prayer is an area in which many Christians struggle with. They are either easily distracted, not motivated, lazy or they genuinely don't know what to say. Prayer simply put, is communication with God. This simple definition for prayer is often practiced amongst ourselves, rather than with God. Two lovers can spend hours and hours speaking to each other on the phone yet when it's time to speak to our ultimate lover we tend to find we do not have the stamina to spend hours communicating with Him like we do with our physical lovers.
As an ex-athlete I was always told that it is essential to stretch before any competition. Coaches place a high level of importance on stretching to avoid injuries and to enhance the performance of the individual. There have been times where I had not spent enough time doing a thorough stretch which made me only 50% ready for my match. My muscles felt stiff and as a result I couldn’t push my muscles to work at the rate my mind was telling me. My stamina was affected as a result of my inability to prioritise my key stretches.
God wants us ready to start our day with the right mind and to have performed our spiritual stretches so that we can give 100% effort to push through today and come out victorious. One of the spiritual stretches we can perform today is prayer. Stretch your prayer time and enhance your stamina! If you are used to praying for 15 mins then stretch to 25 mins. God wants you spiritually ready for today so that you will have enough energy and power to fight the schemes of the enemy and a stronger desire to go deeper in fellowship with God. Make spiritual stretching in prayer the key to having a successful day. Don’t allow anything or anyone to slow you down. Remember the key is to enjoy prayer not endure it.
Further study: James 5:16, 1 Thessalonian 5:18 and Romans 8:26