“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
There is a saying, “Prayer may be said to be the breath of our spiritual life.”
God makes is clear in His Word, He wants us to talk to Him. He wants a close and personal relationship with us. Jesus gives us the perfect example of Prayer when He prays the Lord’s Prayer, recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. Our prayers should center around God’s will –– His glory and His kingdom, as well as our need for intervention, support, and deliverance. Jesus’ life was saturated in prayer, it was vital to Him and His ministry, just as it is to ours –– and even more so!
But, we have a deterrent, one who doesn’t want us to talk to God –– Satan. Why? Because he knows when we talk to God, he will be defeated through the power of our prayers. Talking to God nurtures intimacy with Him… the kind of intimate relationship Satan once had before his betrayal and fall from heaven. So, Satan constantly attempts to sabotage our communication with God by keeping us busy or challenging our beliefs. So be aware –– at all times –– and persevere, praying at all times, despite Satan’s distractions.
Scripture teaches us that we are to have a life of prayer that is grounded in the simplicity of expression, sincerity of heart, and trust in the promises of God. Therefore, we should establish a regular time of prayer each day, keep it simple, pray over every situation, and always give thanks to God when we pray.
Through our prayers, we acknowledge our dependence on God. Therefore, we should always make prayer less about unloading our needs, wants, and desires on God and more about surrendering everything to the will of God.
Communication with God is a gift that should never be taken for granted. Is prayer a priority in your life?