To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.– Martin Luther
Guilty as charged. Praying sometimes gets missed in my days. I am not proud of it. However, I am not saying that I forget to talk to Jesus every day. The moment in our days where we are quiet in prayer and reading His word is the time we frequently missed. And so, I strive to write devotionals daily to make sure that I have that moment allotted for the Father.
Today’s devotional reading is from the 1st Letter of Thessalonians 5:17-18. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Luke 18:41-42: Are You Blinded By Sin Or Disbelief?
Pray Frequently In All Things You Do
Paul encouraged the Christians in Thessalonica to pray without ceasing. He did not mean that the people should do nothing but just pray. Rather, he meant to incorporate the act of praying in all things we do. Furthermore, we have to make sure that our actions are bringing praise and glory to God. One of God’s will for His children is to pray, and Martin Luther pointed it out well in his quote.
The Old Testament described that the fire in the temple altar did not stop burning (Leviticus 6:13). Moreover, Moses taught the Israelites to include God’s command in all parts of their lives (Deuteronomy 11:19).
Stumbling Block In The Frequency Of Prayer
“I do not have time”. And I quoted the statement for emphasis. This alibi is frequently used when we forget to pray. This is also applicable in our other endeavours. However, one should have a different mindset. We should make time for important things and not insert important things into our “busy life”.
Let us remove the habit of saying we do not have the time instead start prioritizing important things. And let prayer and communion with God be on top of your list.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- Are you a Christian? Accept Jesus Now.
- What is your reaction to the quote of Martin Luther?
- How frequently do you pray?
- What can you learn about Paul’s message?
- Be amazed at how prayer moves. Watch!
- Challenge: Log how often do you pray and encourage yourself to be better in giving time for Jesus.
- The spirit of Peter
- Praising God
- Never Cease To Praise God Our Father(Opens in a new browser tab)
- Anger And Mercy Does Not Go Well Together
Heavenly Father, we adore and praise your holy name. O Lord, Jesus, thank you for teaching us how to approach the Father in prayer. May we be like you, in prioritizing the will of God even to the point of death on the cross to save sinners like me. We ask for your forgiveness (mention your sins). Grant us, Holy Spirit, the reverence and humility to present ourselves to the Father through Jesus Christ. Help us to live our lives in continuous worship to the Father through the Son.
We ask these in the name of Jesus. Amen.