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“I Love to Pray!”

From the archives of Oral Roberts

First Thessalonians 5:17 says we are to “pray without ceasing.” I once told a friend that I love to pray, and he was amazed. “I never heard anybody say that before,” he said. “I’ve never thought of anyone loving to pray. To me, prayer is something I know I ought to do, but I never knew it was something I could love to do!” There was a time in my life when I did not love to pray either, but that was before I knew what prayer really is.

When Christians pray, we are bringing up the thoughts of our inner man, the desires of our spirit, to God who is a Spirit. Prayer is an attitude…a harmonizing of our inner man with God Himself.

Prayer is not always spoken in words. Sometimes it is a thought. If we hold a thought in our heart sincerely and it goes out toward the living God, it is a prayer. He is looking for the utter sincerity of our soul and the release of our faith toward Him rather than a volume of spoken words.

When I was a child, I would hear my parents talking to God as if He lived at our house. They were so natural about it! Sometimes they said just one word…”Jesus.” Other times they prayed a dozen words, or a hundred. I couldn’t understand this for a long time. Then when I was dying with tuberculosis, my mother said to me, “Son, you must pray.”

I told her I didn’t know how to pray. I remember her reply so well: “Oral, you don’t have to know how to pray. Talk to God out of your heart. Just tell Him how you feel.” So I began to do that, and as I talked to Jesus He became real to me. I came to recognize Him as the Source for my life and my healing. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and ever since I have loved to pray.

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Richard Roberts, B.A., M.A., D.Min., is the Chairman and CEO of Richard Roberts Ministries and has dedicated his life to ministering the saving, healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ around the world.

His services are marked with supernatural miracles and healings and by a tremendous move of the Spirit. Today, Richard focuses on his Greater Works international pastors conferences where he teaches and trains pastors in underdeveloped nations to take the full gospel with miracles, healing and signs following to their villages, cities, and nations, as Jesus said in John 14:12.