We often hear and read about prayer, especially when it comes at the New Year or the month of January. So what is going to happen after the 10 days, 21 days or month is up? Will you or your church still have the same fervency for the rest of the year? Or was this just some ritualistic duty and the goal has been reached?
There are different aspects of prayer when praying to the Lord. Individual and corporate prayer in a group setting etc. Jesus admonishes and reminds us to be active in prayer for our life. “When you pray”
Prayer is a lifestyle and not necessarily an event. The religious leaders were all for show in Jesus’ day and he rebuked their hypocrisy. God doesn’t want us to brag about praying, but to be intimate with him on a personal level on a daily basis.
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.( Matthew 6:6 NLT)
This is how we grow on a personal level but the key is to spend time with God.
Do we really know how to pray?
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. (Matthew 6). This is a sign of humility to learn from him because they didn’t know it all and needed help to grow spiritually.
I find in my own life that the more time I spend with the Lord, the more I learn about Him and myself. Too often the temptation is to ‘come and get’ from God, but I have learned to talk with God and listen not asking for anything; but to be reminded of His unconditional love.
Self Discipline is a key to praying because it is not always easy. Our flesh or carnal nature wants nothing to do with God’s Spirit.
Motive is another key in prayer. Ask the Lord what is my motive?
Faith is the other key because without faith it is impossible to please God.. Heb. 11:6
But notice that faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the evidence of things yet seen.
Have a great day my friend and keep plowing through in prayer this year!