Passion and Prayer

August 2000

Prayer is the true proof of your passion for God. These words struck me hard as I prepared a sermon that I was going to give in New Hampshire. But what was behind the “passion” anyway? In reality, “passion” is never used of God nor is it really used positively in Scripture. The correct word is zeal. God is zealous and so are we. We are to be zealous in prayer and in action. The actions are easy, the prayer is not. Those who really have zeal for God will not necessarily be preaching on some street corner, but will be spending more time on their knees interceding for the lost. That is true passion!