EM Bounds, a foremost authority and author on Prayer, said "Praying is not light and trivial exercise. It engages all the powers of man's moral and spiritual nature.....Prayer draws upon the WHOLE nature of man- body, soul and spirit!"
It is hard to disagree with any part of this statement! At the same time, it is very easy to see why our prayers have failed, as a nation...if we even pray at all! While the small remnant of Christian believers are indeed prayerful, cheerful warriors and we engage both our moral and spiritual nature, the majority of the church has not and will not bow the knee to the Lord in prayer.
We see it in the lack of prayer services in churches or sacred assemblies or the ability of the modern seminary-trained pastors to be fully engaged in the spiritual warfare abounding at present! Because the church, where the average pastor only prays 10 minutes per week outside of the Sunday morning, has given up its moral authority, the super-equal component of this equation stands weakened. There are a long dissertation to be had as to how and why this happened, but this is not the forum for that. Suffice it to say - the church HAS given up our corporate moral authority, even as most individuals in it, have not.
Therefore, as we started in praise yesterday, let us continue in that Praise and then attempt to regain that which we have ceded to the enemy of our souls, by praying the rest of this week to regain the moral authority of the church, for which Jesus Christ Himself, gave His Life.
Today's Scripture verse meditation is, therefore, "In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence....(Hebrews 5:7 ESV)
By focusing on this verse, we return today to the Moral Underpinnings of our Faith, i.e. "reverence" or "obedience" to God, just as The Son had...illustrated fully in this verse!