I also recently read this related quote from Mark Batterson in his book, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life:
Prayer is picking a fight with the Enemy. It's spiritual warfare. Intercession transports us from the sidelines to the front lines without going anywhere. And that is where the battle is won or lost. Prayer is the difference between us fighting for God and God fighting for us. But we can't just hit our knees. We also have to take a step, take a stand. And when we do, we never know what God will do next."Prayer is picking a fight with the Enemy." Oh yeah, baby. "Prayer is where the action is."
Prayer is also plugging into the Power Source. If you aren't praying, you're powerless. And that's right where the Enemy wants you: ineffective, weak, unable to resist his temptations or thwart his plans.
James 4:7 tells us to submit to God and resist the devil. One way we submit to God is by going to Him in prayer. This connection with Him strengthens us and enables us to win spiritual battles. The famous "armor of God" passage shows the importance of prayer by concluding, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions..."
The prayer of the righteous person accomplishes much (James 5:16) and those who are "in Christ" are righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Prayer has the power to move the heart of God. Even one change effected by prayer can have significant results (read Andy Andrews' The Butterfly Effect).
Prayer is a foundation of the Christian life. If you're not praying, it's no wonder your faith feels lifeless. I challenge you today to get in on the action.
Prayer is where it's at.