How we pray, how often we pray and why we pray reveals much about our spiritual walk with God.
David Lipscomb printed a statement by a friend who encountered people among the Stone-Campbell Movement who did not seem to pray fervently. The inquirer wrote, “I heard one of your leading ministers say a short time ago that he did not pray believing that his prayers would be answered, but that he prayed because he believed it was his duty to pray. He said it always makes a man better to do his duty….”
Lipscomb responded, in part, by writing (Salvation from Sin, pp. 321-22):
A man must not only believe that God hears and answers prayer, but he must pray continually and in faith, to be a Christian. No mortal can live a Christian life without constant, earnest, faithful prayer. We cannot live the Christian life without the help God gives in answer to prayer. The trouble is that an element of rationalistic infidelity has entered all the churches that seeks to eliminate the divine in religion, to conform everything to the conceptions of human reason, and to explain everything by natural laws, ignoring the God of nature and the Author of all laws. It is in all the churches.
A man cannot live the Christian life one day without the help and strength that comes through humble and earnest prayer to God through Christ Jesus our Lord. No man can believe on Jesus and realize his lost and helpless condition–his dependence upon God–without at every step he takes praying for mercy and for help.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner.