Prayer: So Easy To Talk About, Yet So Tough To Do (Part 2)



The vibrant sounds of Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number Seven swirled through the Beacon Hill mansion’s ballroom. The fifteen females seated around the grand piano, listening to the maestro, had proper Brahmin names like Cabot, Coolidge, Forbes, Lodge, and Shaw. Each traced her ancestry back to the earliest Puritan settlers of Boston. This blueblood lineage insured their invitation to the social tea, no nouveau riche Johnny-come-latelies were among the invitees.

When the pianist completed the piece, he stood and bowed. The women showed their appreciation with warm applause. One of the ladies put her white gloved hands to her mouth and said, “Oh, I would just do anything to be able to play the piano like that.”

The maestro turned and stared at her. His eyes exploded with fire.

“No you wouldn’t,” he said.

The crowd collectively gasped. All felt sorry for the woman who had been openly rebuked by the man’s insensitive words.

As for the lady, she sat stunned, paralyzed by his harsh eyes, tears rolled down her cheeks. Then, as if she remembered her privileged pedigree, she mouthed three defiant words at the pianist: “Yes, I would.”

“No you wouldn’t,” he said again, leaning over the piano toward the lady.

“Because if you really meant what you said, you would have been willing to give up your youth, your teenage years, and eight to ten hours every day practicing on the piano. You see there is a price to sit on this bench. I’ve been willing to pay it, and you have not!”

(Short story from my e-novel, Deceived Dead and Delivered by Larry Nevenhoven, ©2012,

Like playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number Seven, prayer demands an all-effort on our parts if we really want to see God move through our petitions and supplications for our families, friends, neighbors, and cities. How costly will the price eventually be for each of us?

It will cost us everything!

(Continued in Part 3) 


Filed under Christianity, Church, Faith, Gifts of the Spirit, God, grace, Kingdom of God, Prayer, Prophecy, spiritual warfare

11 responses to “Prayer: So Easy To Talk About, Yet So Tough To Do (Part 2)

  1. How true. The prayer meeting is the least attended of all church functions.

  2. Tony,

    How true! Usually, the pastor does not even show up.

  3. Thank you for using the analogy from your book for this . . .that really brings it home. I’m very guilty of wanting to be able to do things, but not put in the time. This is for me! God bless you, Mr. Larry.

  4. Debbie,

    You’re something special because I cherish your prayers and prayer agreements. So, does God.

  5. I think it was Spurgeon who said prayer is the engine room of the church. No engine rooms today … but still we hear them saying they’d love to see a revival. Would they really?

  6. Roger,

    Revival? I’ve been hearing about revival heading for America for over 20 years and still nothing. We’re doing something wrong! Maybe it’s our prayer lives.

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  8. I really liked this – it resonates. As a teen I used to spend 3 or more hours per day practicing instruments. Unlike learning an instrument, prayer can be woven throughout the day…no instrument to get out, tune, music to collect. I can just “get to it!”


  9. lessonsbyheart,

    Great insight from a serious musician. Thanks.

  10. I’m a good doer, but I struggle with long set aside time for prayer. Thank you for this honest post. The Lord has shown me 2 X today this being the second that I need to pray more and harder, and it’s only 11:45 Am. lol. (Marty)

  11. msinopi1,

    Thanks for your honesty. Just so you know, I’m a believer in grace and feel that people who pray long periods of time generally have more grace in that area of their lives. If you feel the Lord nudging you to a stronger prayer life, ask Him for more grace to pray. This puts the emphasis on Him and His abilities, rather than you and yours.

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