10 Ways Prayer is Like Riding a Bicycle

So often we overcomplicate prayer.  We wrongly think we have to understand all the complexities to feel as though we are skilled in the art of prayer.  Prayer is actually not complicated at all.  It is communication with God;  I talk to Him and He talks to me. It is simple…kind of like riding a bicycle.
  1. Anyone can do it. 
    • You don’t have to possess any particular qualities to do it.
    • There is no magic formula.
    • If He called you, you are equipped.
  2. You don’t have to understand the mechanics to make it work.
    • Most people can’t prove how wheel velocity and angular momentum work, yet it still works even if we don’t understand.
    • You don’t have to know the mechanics, you just have to know Him.
  3. Getting started is the hardest part.
    • When a child learns to ride a bike, typically adults help by giving them a push.
    • It’s hard to start from a dead stop.
    • If you don’t currently have a consistent prayer life, start slow.
    • You will pray longer the longer you pray.
  4. Balance is the key.
    • You need to have balance in your prayer life.
    • You need equal time seeking His hand, His face, and His heart
    • Don’t just ask for things (His hand).  Spend time seeking direction and learning to love the things God loves.
  5. It helps to keep the tires full of air.
    • Air equates to the Holy Spirit.
    • You can pedal much easier when your tires are full of air.
    • Tires were not made to be used without air in them and we were not made to operate without the spirit guiding our lives.
  6. It makes sense to protect your head.
    • Statistics prove not wearing a helmet equates to substantially more bicycle injuries.
    • We must guard the influences into our minds.
    • Don’t surround yourself with people and things that provoke certain attitudes in you.
    • Remember the scripture: “Thou will keep them in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
    • Daily take on the helmet of salvation and ask God to protect your mind and thoughts.
  7. Some of the best trips are those without destinations in mind.
    • It’s more fun to joyride than to be sent on an errand.
    • Enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
    • Don’t pray just to accomplish something.  (A healing, a financial blessing, etc.)
  8. There are some hills.
    • You won’t always be able to coast through prayer. Some days you will have to work hard at it.
  9. Brakes are as important as the pedals.
    • There are times you need to stop and just listen.
    • Slow down; prayer is not a race to get all of our requests spoken each day.
  10. If you want to ride, you have to get up when you fall.
    • No one learns to ride without falling off at least once.
    • If you quit after one fall, you will never enjoy a fulfilling prayer life.

Lisa Marshall
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
WNOP