Have we committed the sin of prayerlessness? Are we intercessors? Do we pray? How much time are we spending on our knees? Have we crowded prayer out of our lives?
Ok my knees are all red from being on them today, but not from what you might think. I wish it was because I was praying fervently for you reading this ;), but I was helping a friend pack up some picture frames and was on my knees a lot.
While it is not the posture (on your knees, standing, etc.) or the length that is the main point, prayerlessness is a real problem in our hearts. I realize our lives are busy and full of commitments, but have we neglected our continual communion and conversation with God? Do we first turn to others or social media to ask questions, voice prayer requests and complain? Are we someone that people come to when they need agreement in their faith? Are we faithful to pray for someone when we gave our word that we would? How much time are we spending worrying and trying to fix problems instead of praying about them (see Question #19 on unbelief)?
God wants to continually talk to you. Yes, every moment of every day in every situation. This most often looks and feels very different than an interaction with another human. There are sometimes impressions in your heart, soft knowing deep within and the gentle rebuke of His spirit. Many people tell me they don’t have time for prayer and feel like they can’t hear from God. My response is to begin the dialogue walking across your college campus, in your car, the shower…etc. So my suggestion is to stop reading this blog and pray! ;-) Unless of course you need to read the catch up from yesterday on unbelief.
- Set a measurable time goal to pray everyday. This way you make it a habit and a constant thing in your routine.
- Think of someone to pray for specifically. You may even contact them and ask what you could pray for them for specifically. See the scripture below from 1 Samuel and how our prayers effect others.
- Begin different times of communication with God. Sing to Him, write in journals. Take scriptures and pray them out.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.