I seem to relate with people who have an issue with praying often because I have been down that lane too. Reading last Sunday’s post ‘ To The One Who Doesn’t Pray Often, Maybe You Are Like Me Too’, and also the reactions from a lot of people saying they are in the same shoes, I felt the urge to share my story on how I overcame a very inconsistent prayer life.
“I’m too tired to pray.”
“I don’t really have time.”
“I have to hurry to beat the traffic.”
These are some of the popular reasons some of us raise as a barrier to praying often. How I dealt with the issue is quite simple and I’d suggest if you too can adopt it.
The First Step
The first step is knowing who God is, and What he really wants for you as stated in John 3:16, 2 Cor 13:14. Then also knowing that there’s a devil whose Modus operandi has been clear from the beginning (John 10:10).
What does God really want?
One thing the devil enjoys is taking advantage of the Ignorance of Believers. God didn’t just send his Son Jesus Christ to die for our Sins; He sent him so that we can be in union with Him just as Jesus is in Union with Father God. (John 17:21)
The devil doesn’t play fair and all these reasons we all give as excuses for our lack of prayer are cool with Him. He already has you where he wants you. You have become like that Prey. He uses the same strategy the Lions use when they have a band of antelope; they scare them and just wait patiently for one to break out then they focus all their energy on that one. The strategy is Isolation.
So Satan isolates you from Fellowship so that his plan to destroy you is Faster.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is fellowshipping with God in the Name of Jesus. Prayer is Communicating with God.
It doesn’t have to be too long, five minutes of prayer with wholehearted devotion goes a long way in aligning you with God’s perfect will for your day especially if you’ve been baptized by the Holy Spirit.
“A Prayerless Christian is a Powerless Christian”, you might have heard this as well. But guess what it is not true. The essence of the quote is to stress the Importance of Praying. Power comes from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)
So we can rephrase by saying “A Prayerless Christian is not an Effective Christian”.
So if you want to be effective in your work and other things you really want to do, I strongly suggest you create time to Communicate with God.
Importance Of Meditation
Let me take you through some scriptures that encouraged me to always meditate, they will be of help to you too…
Joshua 1:8– This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
1:9– Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Staying your Mind
Isaiah 26:3- Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
If you’d meditate and stay your mind on God; You’d find that you enjoy rich times of Prayer before you head out for work and you’d realize that you’d be successful and confident in your Work.
I find myself taking out 3-5 minutes while at work to pray as well. It can be quite contagious that once you start you may never want to stop. There’s nothing that’s too small or Big to talk to God about.
So the Ball is in your court now. God is willing. His arms are open wide just for You, what are you waiting for? Why not take a few minutes now to talk to him.
If you are reading this and you were able to overcome not praying often in ways different from mine or feel the need to buttress my points further, you can leave a comment too. You never know whose life you’ll touch.