Are You Too Busy To Pray?
Do you ever lay down in bed at the end of the night, begin to pray and realize you haven't even thought about God all day, let alone talk to him or worship him?
It can happen too easily. Life gets busy, and distractions are at every corner.
We must not get so caught up in our lives that we forget about the life giver!
We desire to pray. We know we need too. Yet, we allow distractions to take center stage.
Prayer does not have to be complicated.
Last week we talked about hindrances to prayer. This week we will talk about how we should pray.
When we petition heaven and are believing God for specific requests we need to align ourselves with Gods word.
Let us look at a few ways we should pray:
1. Pray without Ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
God does not expect us to lock ourselves in our room and pray all day long; ignoring our families, our jobs and our community. Ceasing means to put an end to. When we say amen after our morning prayers, we should not be done with God for the day. We should be talking to him as we go about our day; asking Him to lead us and to show us ways we can be a blessing to others. We want lines of communication to be open so we can hear from Him. When we do this we will be slower to speak and quicker to listen (James 1:19). We will be less likely to complain and more open to receive His peace.
Is God on your mind throughout the day? Do you have a song of worship on your heart? Do you give him thanks instead of complaining during stressful situations?
These are all ways you can pray without ceasing.
If you say you are going to pray for someone take the time and do it immediately.
If someone comes to mind that you don't usually think about, pause and pray. You don't need to shout to be heard by God. A whisper on the bus or at your desk may not be noticed by anyone else, but God will hear you.
2. Pray with a Pure Heart
God desires holiness and purity from us. We need to pray with a sincere heart, with love for God and love for others (James 3:9-10).
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. (1 John 4:20)
Loving others is actually a crucial part of our prayer life. Are you holding a grudge against someone? Is there bitterness in your heart? Have you been hurt and you can't let that person go?
If unforgiveness is hiding behind any of these feelings it is hindering your prayers (Matthew 6:12).
3. Pray Relentlessly.
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)
Pursue your relationship with Christ more than anything else. More than finding a spouse, more than your interests, more than that dream job.
Be relentless in making prayer a priority in your life. If you fall down, get back up. If you have drifted away, start coming closer. Be faithful to the Faithful one. Go after the one who relentlessly loves YOU!
O God, God of Israel, there is no God like you ...who unswervingly keeps covenant with his servants and relentlessly loves them as they sincerely live in obedience to your way. (1 Kings 8:23 MSG)
Are you praying and believing God for something specific? Don't give up! Believe that God has your best interests in mind and that He is working things out for you! (Romans 8:28)
There is so much on prayer in Gods word that we could continue to dig into. His desire is communication. Keep the lines open, and your life will never be the same!
We are here for you! Send us your prayer request. We would be honoured to pray with you!