Refueling Your Prayer Life


"And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God" (Nehemiah 9:3).

On January 25, 1990, Avianca Flight 52 en route from Columbia crashed just 15 miles short of New York's Kennedy International Airport, killing 73 passengers. There was nothing wrong with the plane—they just ran out of gas! Unaware of the potential for delays from bad weather and heavy traffic, the pilots opted for a "priority" landing instead of calling it an "emergency." Tragically, the plane was placed on a holding pattern until it simply ran out of gas.

Two days after the Feast of Tabernacles, Israel began to confess their past and present sins (vv.1-2). Verse 3 declares that their sustained praying was balanced by equal intake of God's Law. Their hearts lifted in prayer came in for an "emergency landing" to spiritually rest and refuel. They were three hours hooked up to God's Word and three hours airborne in prayer and praise.

Praying beyond the limits of Biblical refreshment lead to crashing in prayer. The Bible is jet fuel for prayer. The length of your prayer should be no greater than the depth of your knowledge. Don't go too long without refueling!