Monday, August 22, 2016
“Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 AMPC
Prayer is one of the most important weapons in our fight of faith. We must never cease to pray for that would mean that we have stopped fighting. The gift of prayer that God has given to us must be used constantly in our daily walk with God.
Praying must become like breathing.
We do not think to breathe, we do it naturally. It is how we stay alive. When someone stops breathing, they stop living. Similarly, once someone stops praying, we know that they have died spiritually. Prayer is what keeps the Spirit of God alive in us. Looking at the life of our Lord, we see Him in prayer often, demonstrating the importance of prayer as the vitality of the Christian life. Jesus Christ taught by example. His disciples saw and heard Him pray and they desired that He would teach them to pray.
You must also live a prayer-filled life. Be earnest and intense in your approach to prayer.
Let the knowledge that praying enables you to enter the throne room and be in the presence of your God, stir you to pray at all times. Paul encouraged the Ephesians to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” This must be our way of life. In every situation or circumstance, prayer must be our first recourse. Men must always pray and not be faint-hearted.
Fellowship with God through prayer. Commune with Him through prayer. Open your heart and mind to Him through prayer. Thank Him for the gift of prayer. Use the gift continually with thanksgiving to God. Today, know that God answers prayer and let that knowledge drive you to develop a new and powerful prayer life.
Lord Jesus, please help me to pray more. In my own strength I cannot do it but I believe Your word that says I can do all things through You. Today I am asking for Your help so that I could become a person of effectual fervent prayer. Thank You for the gift of prayer. Amen.