How much of your day do you devote to praying? Prayer is like a battery charger to a Christian. It plugs us to the source of energy that makes us move and function according to the will of God as guided by His Spirit through the Word of God. That source is God alone. Thus, devoting a time to daily prayer cannot be overemphasized. How can one live for God without prayer?
A spiritually alive person takes joy in praying and interceding for others. There is a thirst to pray and pray more. Praying is always in the “to-do list” for the day. It is on top of the list because one cannot simply start the day without communing with God in prayer.
A famous quote by Benjamin Franklin says, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. It is true. But for a Christian, it should all start with prayer. When Christians fail to pray, they plan and work to fail. It’s because when we fail to pray, we fail to include God in our agenda. Once we fail to include God, we work according to our own will. And in everything, where God is excluded, that is a failure. No matter how successful it may be in the standard of the world, anything that’s done apart from the will of God, is a failure.
We can never do the will of God without actively and steadfastly praying to God.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;– Ephesians 6:17-18 (WEB)
with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints.”
Continue to pray and make supplications steadfastly. Every day should be a day of prayer for a Christian.
Steadfast praying and suplication is one of the remarkable acts of the apostles. This is one of the very first things they did right after Jesus had ascended back to heaven.
“When they had come in, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.– Acts 1:13-14 (WEB)
All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.“
Prayer should also come first in our daily routine. And we should continue on praying, praying without ceasing, with earnestness. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines supplication as praying to God humbly.
We must realize how humility is an essential factor when we devote our life to prayer. We cannot pray without humbling ourselves to God. Praying to God entails a “let your will be done, Lord”. Unless our lives are surrendered to God, we could not humbly approach His presence.
So, let us cultivate a humble heart by seeking God and relying on Him alone. Let’s continually submit to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and seek His will through prayer and meditation of His Word.
“Rejoice always.– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (WEB)
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
Don’t quench the Spirit.
Don’t despise prophesies.
Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.
Abstain from every form of evil.
May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is he who calls you, who will also do it.“
Father, I thank You, because I can commune with You in prayer through Jesus Christ my Lord. I humbly ask for your forgiveness when I put my will first before your will. I sometimes forget to seek You first when my worries and cares surround me. Change my heart, Lord and renew my mind that I may step in your will and seek You daily. Help me to pray joyfully and to intercede for others with my eyes fixed on You. Fill me with your Spirit as I daily pray and commit to You all my thoughts and cares. These, I pray, in Jesus’name.