It is easy enough to toss out, “I’m praying for you!” to anyone who brings a concern or prayer request to you. It feels like the appropriate sentiment to offer when people are sharing their problems or worries. And as Christians, we want to be powerful people of prayer.
How often do we forget?
How often do we skip a daily prayer time to read another email or catch more sleep?
How much time do we even put into it?
God wants to hear our prayers. One way it is underlined is that He wants us to be praying all the time! It’s mentioned several times in the Bible.
Romans 12:12 ESV “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Colossians 4:2 ESV “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Acts 1:14 ESV “All these were continually devoting themselves with one mind to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
For years, I was a little dismissive of these verses. I thought that it was an impossible standard to always be praying, not even achieved by people who devote their lives to prayer. So it was easy to ignore the call to be praying beyond what I managed to do some mornings.
Yet the Lord has spoken to me through other’s teachings and my own heart over the years. One way to see it is as an attitude of prayer, always keeping open that line of communication to God. God doesn’t want to be compartmentalized to a few minutes before breakfast or a couple of minutes before you fall asleep. It’s not a perfect analogy, but it’s like He wants to be on speakerphone with us as we go through life. We talk to Him, letting Him know our concerns and our heart. And we listen for His response as He brings a Bible verse to mind or talks to our hearts.
Worries turn into prayers. A conversation with someone turns into praying with them right there. Relief turns into praise. This seemingly impossible standard is a lifestyle rather than a burden.
Lord, we know that prayer is so important, and we thank You that is as simple as talking to You. Help us to always be in prayer, acknowledging Your presence and turning to You with our lives. We love you! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.