Mark 1:35 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Ask any saved child of God why they don’t pray more often, and they will tell you that they are busy. And we are. We are busy with the worldly, while the eternal gets sidelined. We are taken up with careers, collecting things, and amusements.
Satan has to expend little energy to get God’s children distracted.
Our phones are continually in our hands, our faces glued to the screens in our lives, and the prayer closet has grown cold and unfamiliar. Yet, our justification is that we are too busy to pray. It is a stark reality that the church needs to address.
I have found myself sitting, looking, and scrolling with nothing productive to show for the time spent. I have heard the voice of God speak to my heart, “We need to talk.” More often than not, my heart is pricked and drop what I’m doing and go to a quiet place to pray.
At work, I have realized too late that I had forgotten to read God’s Word, or even say thank you for keeping me safe through the night. Often, I have had a place I can go to pray, an empty conference room, a storage closet, or just taking a walk outside.
How we value prayer will reveal itself in the time we set aside actually to pray. If we were to be completely honest, many admit they only pray when tempted, in a trial, or when a storm comes into their life.
There is not a human relationship that would survive with the amount of communication we have with the Father. Why is there such disparity? We can excuse it on the business or busyness of life – but it is still an excuse.
A wise person once told me, “We make time for who and what we value and deem important in our life.” Wise words. It is genuinely convicting.
Jesus chose to make prayer a priority in His life. Why?
John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
He did only that which the Father commanded Him to do. We are commanded as well.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Many misunderstand the meaning of this verse. It does NOT mean that we are to be in our prayer closet, but, in a continual conversation with God throughout our day. It would be like having a Bluetooth in your ear continually connected to God throughout your day.
We fail so often because of the temporal and the things of the world scream for our attention. Our phone notifies us that a message has come, an email arrived, or a new update is available. We binge watch shows with no thought of the time or how it could be better used.
God so quietly asks that we set time aside to be with Him daily. We must make it a priority in our life, or the moment will turn into more time than we intended to be away.
Prayer is not as difficult as many would make it out to be. It takes focus and energy. It is something we must do on purpose. God even gave us a ‘helper.’
Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
We have so many promises that if we would but ask, He WILL answer.
Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
He will answer even before we ask.
Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
We must pray in faith.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Time is an element that is in our control. How we use it is up to us. What we value most will reveal itself in the time we give.