Hey there! 🙂
I have two questions for you:
- Who do you speak to the most? Like, on a daily basis.
- When was the last time you had a conversation with God?
You may choose to share your answers by leaving a comment below, sending me an email, WhatsApp or text message. You could also opt to keep your answer to yourself. I’d love to hear from you but what I really need is for us all to take a moment to answer the questions above honestly. These are questions I asked myself yesterday and I wasn’t happy with the answers I got. So, let’s talk about talking to God, shall we?
Earlier this week during our morning prayer, my mom prayed about something I had mentioned was bothering me. God stepped in and things fell into place. Later that day I excitedly shared the good news with my mom and thanked her for praying for me. With a smile on her face, she wiggled her finger at me and said – “anything not done in prayer is not done at all.” Those words got me thinking. To be honest, my prayer life is nowhere near where it should be. I am realising anew just how dangerous it is to live a weak prayer life. Without prayer, no victory is guaranteed when sought or protected when attained. Prayer is the ultimate priority.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. Jesus is the ultimate example on how to go about this. During His human life, Jesus was a busy man by any standards – He travelled a lot, taught, performed miracles and took time out to tend to the souls of the neglected. That said, Jesus never got so caught up with teaching, healing or ministering to people that He neglected talking to His Father. He was devoted to prayer. He denied Himself of sleep (Luke 6:12), company (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23) and comfort, to pray. He prayed in private and in public. He prayed short prayers on some occasions and He prayed through the night on others. He prayed for Himself and He prayed for others. What did Jesus do when He was troubled? He prayed (Matthew 26:36-46). Even whilst enduring the worst agony ever visited on anyone, Jesus spoke to His Father (Matthew 27:46). Prayer preceded Jesus’ last breath (Luke 23:46). In light of this, what reason do I have not to pray? Tiredness? Discouragement? Busyness? Nothing is reason enough not to pray. We must look to the example of Christ. I mean, even now in heaven, our Lord stays praying (Romans 8:34) 🙂
We must always remember that prayer isn’t about asking God for things. It is about talking to Him. Prayer is meant to build intimacy between the person praying and God. That won’t happen if all we do is rant off a wish list to God. We must take time to speak to Him and listen to Him speak back to us.
I have re-learnt that a weak prayer life is an indication of misplaced priorities. So I’m now making a conscious effort to make prayer my priority. God willing, sometime in the next few days I’ll share practices I have come across that help me to pray more consistently.
I’ll catch you lovely people soon. Till then, let’s all be faithful at the place of prayer.