Matthew 18:18, NKJV: “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

How simple a thing is it to pray? And how great are the wonders that may be unleashed? A passion for prayer should consume us—a passion fueled by compassion for mankind, and love for our Lord. And yet, we are chained; held captive by unseen restraints of our own construction. We are surrounded by walls of self-concern, apathy and discontent. What else could be the reason we cannot give time to others by lifting their names before the Lord? As Christians, we spend many Sunday mornings learning about prayer, without practicing prayer adequately. "I would rather feel compassion,” Thomas Aquinas once asserted, “than know the meaning of it." Too many things consume my thoughts, my heart, my desire. In the words of Jim Elliot: “God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life, that I may burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus."