“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” -Samuel Chadwick.
It’s that time of year again…you know, the time when we make resolutions for the coming new year. Lose weight, work out, eat healthier, spend less money, save more money, work on relationships…these are all good things to strive for. Some resolutions that we as Christians might make are reading the Bible more, giving more in offerings, loving people more, and more prayer time. Have you thought about any of these? Is there a resolution that you have made for the new year? Well…if we’re going to be perfectly honest with each other, I wonder how many people like me can say that most resolutions are kept for a few months and then fall by the way side.
Over the last several months, the Lord has really impressed on me time and time again the importance of prayer. Prayer is the key to our relationship with Jesus. If we say that we have a relationship with Him, yet we never talk to Him or only talk to Him in passing…how is that a relationship? If there are things in our lives that we need help with why aren’t we praying about them instead of just asking others to pray for us? With our neighborhoods, cities, and country becoming more and more morally bankrupt, why do we as Christians spend less and less time on our knees? Luke 6:12 (NLT) states: “One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.” There are several more references in the Bible of Jesus praying…if He did and He is God…what makes us think we don’t have too.
2013 can be our greatest year ever, if we allow God to work in us and through us. We can give our gifts, our time and our talent…but if our motives and actions are not soaked in prayer we won’t be giving it our actual all. I believe that our prayer time is the most important aspect of our walk with God. We can and should read God’s word…but if that is all we do, we won’t get very much out of it. But — if we pray before we read and ask God to show us what He desires for us to learn and know, our reading of His Bible will be a completely new, different and wonderful experience. If we ask about His desires for our life and then LISTEN we can KNOW that the year He has for us will be great.
That does not mean we won’t have any struggles, trials, or just plain old bad days. What it does mean is that despite anything that comes our way, we have the ability to be joyous in the knowledge that Jesus is our Strength, our Hope, our Love, and our Life.
I have struggled personally with trying to find the time to pray. And I know all the reasons and/or excuses a person can give as to why more time is not spent on the knees. -Have to work, kids/grandkids had a ballgame, husband needed me, just too tired, I’ll get to it tomorrow. But deep in my soul I truly believe that God is calling us to a higher place. He is asking us to grow in Him in a way we never have before. He is asking us to become more and more like Him so that the world around us can make no mistake as to who we follow, how we live, and where we are going. We are a peculiar people…made in the image of Jesus.