Determined to Pray

Prayerful; I can talk to God about anything.

1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”

Prayer is such a sweet gift God has given us.  When I pause to think about what prayer is, I can hardly imagine how amazing it is.  God is holy and powerful, and He created all things that are seen and known, and those things we have not yet seen and known.  He is the God of the universe, and yet He offers us a chance to talk with Him through prayer.  We can talk to God and He listens!

I know this is nothing new to any of us, but we must never take prayer for granted.  I forget who, but someone once said that prayer for the Christian should be the same as breathing.  Without breath, we would die.  Likewise, without prayer, our souls will die.  We all know prayer is valuable, but it seems to me that we are all so busy that we often neglect prayer.  We are busy with work, caring for our children, and just trying to take showers and brush our teeth daily.  Our days are loaded down with responsibilities and activities, and prayer often gets pushed down the priority list.  We must tell ourselves, and I mean daily preach it at our reflections in the mirror, that we are far too busy not to pray!

Challenge:  This week, I want to challenge us all to pray like never before.  If you pray in the car, continue to do so.  But I want to challenge you make a time to shut out all distractions and pray.  If that means kneeling beside your bed at night, or sitting in the middle of your living room floor, make some time to be totally devoted to God.  C.S. Lewis once wrote, “The body ought to pray as well as the soul.  Body and soul are both better for it.”  We need our Lord with us all the time.  Make some time to sit at the feet of Jesus, and give Him your body, mind and soul in prayer.  I believe that if we begin to do this, we will find strength and peace in Him that we desperately need to lead our children in godly living.