I will not start this out or say anywhere in this post that I am a great prayer warrior. The best description of my self is being way down on the totem pole. Without a doubt the most difficult part of my spiritual life to maintain a good prayer practice on a consistent basis. So let’s just forget about me and I will attempt to write about some things I have learned.
Someone has said that every spiritual failure is a prayer failure. Few things in life could I agree with more. Often I have thought of the Apostle Paul when he wrote Timothy and said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, hence there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” Sadly I will not be able to say that when this life is all over. But there is one thing I can do, I can finish this life with a close walk with the Lord thus part of what Paul indicated to Timothy is true. Every failure in life is a prayer failure. No doubt about it.
Next, we should pray about everything. We Christians are proud to proclaim that we depend upon God for everything. That being the case we should pray about everything. Small things, big things and in between. Nothing is too insignificant to pray about. Listen to what Paul wrote:
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians chapter 5
In a nut shell, talk to Him all day long. Keep Him on your mind. In Revelation 4:11 it tells us why we were created and why we are here: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
We please God when we do not ignore Him. We give God the Glory when our actions show we are depending on Him.
Need a good parking place at the mall? Ask Him for one. No, you will not get a good one each and every time but it will happen more and more. Be satisfied and thankful of what God does give you.
Folk that have good marriages often tell their spouse they love them. Seems to me we should whisper such to God and our Saviour often throughout the day and night. When we awake, He loves to Hear from us, “Good morning Jesus, thank you for a good sleep. Please help me make this day pleasing to you.” Don’t copy and read someone else’s prayer. Pray from your heart as to what you mean and want to say to Him.
Now we know that no one can be any closer to God than what they make the Scriptures apart of their lives. We know how important it is to read, study and meditate on Gods word each day. But the same goes for prayer. No one can have a close walk with the Saviour unless they have a strong prayer life.
The Bible tells us Enoch walked with God. But in the same text it tells us that Enoch talked with God constantly. Enoch simply could not get God off his mind. It pleased God so much that one day while Enoch and God were walking together and talking that God did not want to part with Enoch so instead of Enoch dying, he just went with God back to Heaven to never return. Enoch walked with God and has now never stopped.
Try and not pray in a mechanical fashion. It is good to have a written prayer list. Otherwise we have a tendency to forget some things we should pray about. But it is dangerous to let our prayer life become mechanical as in just mouthing words. The Bible tells us: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James chapter 5 verse 16b.
Fervency points to not simply mouthing the words. Fervency can only come from the heart. There is a sweet lady that in 99% of what she posts there are pictures of wild life, flowers, trees and landscapes. She loves to observe, look upon and enjoy Gods creations. Because she is a good Christian woman it is easy to see that she really means it when she admires and thanks God for His creations. You don’t enjoy such, then you probably seldom thank Him for what He has done.
Prayer is all through the Bible. Countless books have been written. I have only listed a few scant things I have learned and the main thing I would like to accomplish in this short article is for those who read this to be encouraged to pray via talking to God. Hence by way of Prayer, I am asking God for some folk to read this and hopefully be encouraged to increase their prayer life and walk with God. More later as I recall…….