Faithful in Prayer
Written by: Alexis Asamoah
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Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.
Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
- Ephesians 6:18
I had a friend tell me he wanted to improve his prayer life and be more intentional to spend time with the Lord. I asked him what he was already doing, and he told me that the only time he could find to pray was when he was driving.
I told him that making time to spend with God is like maintaining a friendship. We make time and plans to hang out, all to ensure that the friendship is maintained and grows. In the same way, we should make time to hang out with God, sharing what’s on our heart and what’s going on in our lives.
I believe the Lord longs to spend time with us at all times, but it is a matter of whether we are inviting Him into each of these moments. We typically think these moments are in the early morning hours before we get ready for work or class, as we commute throughout the day, before a test or presentation, to bless a meal, or before we go to bed at night. However, we should also invite God into the hard moments.
To be honest, suffering makes it difficult to let God in. We get so caught up in our feelings of disappointment, anger, and rejection that we would rather avoid God. We would rather not talk to a God who is willing to bring upon mental distress, loss of a job, broken relationships, or a virulent virus affecting the entire world. Even so, praying to God when it feels taxing is actually the best time to allow Him to move and work, for it is only through our reaching out that we can experience His divine peace.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
There will be moments when we are unable to even utter any words in prayer. We may feel exhausted, burdened, or that our emotions are so heavy that we don’t know what to say. In those moments, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to communicate what we need.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. - Romans 8:26
Prayer is a discipline. We have to work at including it in our daily routines, in order for it to be maintained even when trials come. It is ok if we have a hard time coming up with the words to say, but it is important that we keep seeking God. When we look to Him, we find the hope we need to persevere, peace and joy despite present circumstances, and the faithfulness of a Friend who is always ready to listen, comfort, and just be near.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:12 NIV
1. How is your prayer life at the moment?
2. What affects your desire to pray?
3. In what ways could you be disciplined to pray more?
Father, thank You for the gift of prayer and that Jesus’ death on the cross gave us access to You. Thank You that we can have a relationship and communicate with You. I repent of all the times I avoided You and allowed myself to stay stuck in anxiety, fear, and resentment towards You. Help me to see that it is only through seeking You that I can have Your perfect peace and be joyful despite my circumstances. I want to seek You even when I am going through a hard time. Thank You for being faithful and near, Amen.
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