In Jeremiah we are told “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” These are powerful words; a promise from God. Why then would we not pray, prayer can become just another option for us ; something to pick up and put down for our own purposes. But it can and should be so much more.
Prayer is a mighty vehicle for us. It is something we use to carry out the purposes of God. We know prayer can increase our our purposes. We know prayer will boost the harvest. We pray so we can lead. We pray so we can be a witness to others. We pray so we can have fellowship with God. We pray so we can hear from God.
Prayer and the life of prayer are spiritual practices. I cannot explain who prayer changes your life. They must be experienced. I believe that prayer changes things. But it is not prayer that the changes things. Prayer has no power on it own. If simply being enthusiastic about prayer as a powerful vehicle we’re enough, I could pray to anything and receive an answer. Prayer doesn’t change things. It is not prayer or even a life of prayer that brings us power, it is the God to whom we pray who has all power.
Paul said in Thessalonians 5:16-18, “rejoice always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” You and I have been called to do something: pray continually. We are to pray without stopping.
Prayer is essential in the life of a believer. Whatever has gone on in the past, you can decide today that you’re going to become a person who prays, a person who maintains a lifestyle of prayer. I’ve made the decision. Have you?
How can you pray continually? The key to rejoicing always and pray continually is to lean on God all the time and to call to Him repeatedly and often. Praying is like keeping the radio going in the background. Keep that connection open to talk to God as you go through your day. Be aware that He is at your right side at all times.
Here are some ideas about praying continually:
- Begin your day with a grateful attitude.
- Get real with God.
- Incorporate prayer into every day chores or at work.
- Tell Him what He already knows. God is all knowing.
- Pray while to wait.
- Sing a song of praise while your driving or are alone.
- When you mess up, admit it.
- Give up worrying. God has everything under control.
- Stop taking once and awhile. Instead, just listen.
- In your alone time pray.
I pray and acknowledge God throughout my day. If all you have time to say is “Jesus Jesus Jesus” that’s a prayer and it will bring Him closer to you. But don’t use it as a constant prayer. Get deep with God.