Make prayer a habit 1
'Pray without ceasing.' 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV
Today we're talking about prayer. Paul says, 'Pray without ceasing' (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV). You can pray anywhere, anytime, about anything. Your prayers can be out loud or silent, long or short, public or private. 'Pray without ceasing' just means to be chatting with God wherever and whenever.
If you find your daily prayer life waning, ask yourself: (a) Has my love for Jesus grown cold? (b) Do I believe I can handle life on my own? (c) Have I forgotten how much God longs to spend time with me?
'But I'm so busy!' That's the lamest excuse you can offer; how you spend your time reveals what's important to you! The truth is, if you don't pray it's because you don't realise its potential, or you're unaware of the condition of your heart. Prayer puts the situation into God's hands, otherwise whose hands is it in? Yours? Now that's a scary thought!
So what now? Does your prayer life need a tune-up? Answer these three questions: (1) How often do I pray? If you can't remember when, you're living undirected, uncorrected and unprotected. (2) How's my faith level? Do you wonder if prayer really changes anything? John Wesley (a famous old school preacher) said, 'God does nothing except in answer to prayer.' If you don't pray the best thing that can happen - is nothing. (3) How's my sincerity? Are you just going through the motions? Maybe you need to rethink about who you're talking to, and how he feels about you.
Soulfood: Josh 22-24, Mark 10:35-52, Ps 78:1-8, Prov 23:19-21