“The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it.” E.M. Bounds
Is prayer a once a day chore for you, or is it your guiding force in life? Sometimes, it’s easy to forget how important prayer is. I mean, HELLO! It’s a direct link to God himself! Most people pray when life gets tough and they are looking for peace, but what about when life is going pretty good? Is prayer still needed? Is it necessary? Let me say this loud and clear…YES IT IS!
“Then you will call on me and come and pray
to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Prayer changes things”, and it DOES! But even more so, it changes YOU. We are all sinful by nature, and thanks to the grace of Jesus, we are able to go against our nature and pursue HIS nature. Prayer is an art of surrender. It puts us in our place—face down, reaching up to God. It reminds us of who we are in comparison to Him. He is in control. He calls the shots. He knows what’s best.
“Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
When we aren’t in constant communication with God, we risk living in a false reality—where we somehow convince ourselves we are in control, that we know what is best. We try to call the shots on our own. But here’s the thing, our vision is so limited. We can only see what’s in front of us right now. God sees it all. The beginning, the middle, the end. He is holding it all. He’s even holding you right now. So, why don’t we take advantage of this guidance from this loving Father of ours? Sadly, it’s usually because we make up excuses as to why we can’t.
“I don’t have time to pray.”
“I don’t know how to pray.”
“I feel God doesn’t even hear me.”
If we ever want to truly live out the lives God has called us to, we have to cut out the excuses and become intentional about talking to Him. It is okay if it doesn’t come naturally to you at first. Set a specific time each day to talk with God. Be intentional about it, and before long, it’ll become a habit. You’ll find yourself talking to Him all day long—thanking Him for the day He has made, asking for guidance, praying for your family, lifting up a friend, etc.
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6
Do you only talk to your friends or family right before you go to bed at night? Of course not! Most of us are glued to our phones, sharing our days with the people we love. Do the same with God. Not only will you find He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, you will also find wisdom and guidance like you’ve never known.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
So, get to it! Ask God to teach you to pray. When you don’t have the words, He will listen to your heart. Learn to listen, to truly seek out what He wants to say to you. You’ll never regret it a moment of time you’ve spent on your knees before Him, I promise!
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18