26th July 2018

High Prey Drive

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12:11-12 (NIV)

If you are a dog owner you may have guessed where I’m going with this. We have recently invested in a four-legged bundle of the canine variety. We did our research and one of the factors that came up was these dogs have a high prey drive. What does this mean? Well, in brief, it means that they like to go after things with great grit and determination. Of course we factored this information into the decision-making process and committed ourselves to the terrier pup. It’s been amazing to watch the little puppy grow and develop and see that high prey drive even at twelve weeks old—she digs and burrows, sniffing out her prey with such vigour!

What about us? How is our pray drive? Do we go after prayer with grit and determination? In some ways we are opposites of the pup. The pups drive is innate and to counteract this we have to try all manner of ways to distract her, even if this means gently grabbing her by the scruff of the neck to carry her away from the search. In contrast, we are so easily distracted – the various forms of media, jobs, places to go etc. We have to break away from the distractions to allow space to pray.

However, though the dogs drive is built into its DNA, it is very noticeable that it still has to put in great effort to seek out its prey. We too have a desire to pray as led by the Holy Spirit but we have to make the effort to engage. Have you noticed that sometimes, figuratively speaking, it’s as if the Spirit of God is gently grabbing us by the scruff of the neck to lead us to pray? For us the challenge is to remove ourselves from the many distractions. This takes effort but when we have done this we can pray more effectively.

Whether it is intermittent prayer, on our knees time prayer, communal or formal prayer, it takes effort on our part. Remember we are to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” (Ephesians 6:18). In the entirety of this, God is with us: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:3-4).

How is your pray drive?

Prayer
Lord God Almighty, please guide us in our prayers and lead us away from the many distractions that confront us so that we allow space and time to make our requests known to you and to give you praise.
Amen

Study by Kevin Harris

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About the Author:
Kevin Harris attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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