Prayer CPR--Check your Prayer Pulse (Part 1)

Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian | 03.04.09
Twitter: @MaryKassian


A few years ago, in front of a packed coliseum of hockey fans, a young hockey player skated off the ice, collapsed beside the player’s bench, and went into violent convulsions. His heart had stopped–sudden cardiac death syndrome. Emergency personnel jumped into action. They slashed open his hockey jersey and began to administer CPR. The crowd watched in silence as two of his teammates skated in panic to bring over a stretcher, and as doctors strapped him to the gurney and rushed his lifeless body across the ice and into the back of an ambulance. The whole episode was so frightening that the game was postponed, and 20,000 fans sent home.

It’s frightening to witness an emergency like this. This young man was resuscitated with CPR, but most people whose hearts stop are not nearly as fortunate. Tragically, many die. What is equally frightening and tragic, is those whose physical hearts are beating, but who experience an emotional or spiritual cardiac death syndrome. On the outside they look just fine–but inwardly, their spirits are convulsing, grasping for that last breath of life.

I believe that the state of a person’s prayer life is an indicator of the condition of that person’s heart for God. A healthy prayer life is a sign of a healthy heart. A weak prayer life is a sign of a heart that’s weak or faltering. When that’s the case, it’s a good idea to administer some Prayer CPR. 

CPR works best when it’s administered at the first sign of trouble. If you wait too long, it can be too late. Take this quiz to check your prayer pulse and see if it’s weak or faltering. Then, add up your results. How did you do? 

0-10   Hanging by a thread
11-20  Weak & Irregular
21-30  Starting to miss a beat
31-40  Heartbeat is steady (but some cardiovascular weakness – could be better)
41-49  Prayer Warrior
50  (Can I have your autograph?)

Do you need some Prayer CPR? Don’t be discouraged. Most of us do. Check back tomorrow for three simple steps to help strengthen your prayer heartbeat!

Topics: Relationship with God


  1. Wow, that quiz was really humbling and totally accurate! I feel my prayer life slipping. The thing I struggle with is finding balance in the spiritual disciplines of prayer and God's Word mostly. When I am really hungry and savoring God's Word, my prayer life slows down. And when I am spending consentrated time in prayer, my Bible reading slacks off. But I feel equally close to God in either part of the cycle. Is this normal? Should I work to find a better balance?
    posted by Tracy
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 11:37 am
  2. Uh Oh!! My test results weren't so great. My greatest struggle is finding time and not just time, but quality time to pray. I'm talking to God alot of the time about something but I long to just get away to a quiet place and just pour out my soul to the Lord and have the time to hear His voice.

    I long to be in His presence.
    posted by Jodi
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  3. Goodness, I need CPR - stat!
    posted by Mrs. F
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm
  4. Definite CPR needed here too.... :( I know I am being called to pray more, but I really struggle to find the time and to cope with the distractions that always seem to crop up.
    posted by Lynn
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm
  5. Great quiz -- helpful in assessing my needs in prayer. I found I came up short in some areas; thank you for this way of being convicted.

    Father, I pray that you would help us to be women of prayer; that we would "pray with prayer", as Elijah did (James 5:17). Please help us to pray fervently and effectively, and understand your will in this area. We pray that you would "perfect that which concerneth us" in the area of prayer. We love you and thank you for all your help and enabling. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen
    posted by Leslie.S
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm
  6. P.S. Tracy, I have experienced the same dilemma between the Word and prayer. It will be interesting to see if someone answers your questions!
    posted by Leslie S.
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm
  7. thank you for sending this. I can't wait for tomorrow.
    posted by chrissy
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm
  8. Oh Oh. I'm not as strong as I hoped. I'm waiting eagerly for tomorrow's discussion.
    posted by Deb
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm
  9. Ahhh! I can barely wait for tomorrow! =) I need CPR!
    You all are so wonderful. Thank-you for being so honest. I am a teenager, and let me tell all have taught me something about honesty in these last few studies.
    God, help us! I know I have places in my prayer life that I need to improve now. Give us wisdom to not ask "why" but to ask "how". Show us how, God.
    In Jesus' Name, Amen!

    Love you all!!!
    posted by Jessica
    on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm
  10. I too need CPR, thanks for the diagnostic.
    Looking forward to help.
    posted by Margaret
    on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 4:56 am
  11. What an eye-opener! I'm turning over a new leaf THIS MORNING!
    posted by Kim
    on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 6:54 am
  12. Can't wait until tomorrow to learn the 3 steps to strengthen my prayer heartbeat!
    posted by Gerry
    on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11:04 am
  13. prayer check is somthing i think we all need. i know i need to check myself every now and again
    posted by annie
    on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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