Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Jesus Christ...(Col 4:2-4)
Jesus Christ was devoted to prayer and in the Gospels we see Him praying most of the time. He met with God in the early morning, sought Him in the midst of busy days, and slipped away for night time fellowship with Him. His actions testify to the central place prayer is to have in the lives of believers.
Prayer seemed to come naturally to Jesus, but most of us have to work at maintaining regular communion with God. We find ourselves easily distracted by the details of life, our own desires, and the demands of people. The road to a deepening prayer life begins with a firm commitment to develop the habit of talking with God and to make it a high priority in our day. We follow through by setting aside a daily time for reading and prayer, and identifying a location that minimizes interruptions. Since we are already busy, sacrifice will be necessary to make this happen--we might have to accept less sleep, give up a favorite activity, or use our lunch hour in order to pray.
Another key factor is Scripture, which must undergird our prayer life. The Bible teaches us about God's character, promises, and priorities. It turns our thoughts from worldly cares and pleasures to a focus on Him. Through the Word, we are reminded of His importance to us and our desire to please Him. Then, we become ready to ask in accordance with His will and to hear what He has to say.
Evaluate the current state of your prayer life, and commit to improving at least one area described above.
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