People think prayer can only be done in a ritualistic way, maybe even formal, or structured, they set their watches as if they are on a work schedule to bow down on their knees.
Prayer should not be a religious exercise, it is at its core a basic human necessity, like oxygen we will not survive without it.
We are called to pray we can never say, there is nothing we can do because we can pray at all times, we need to ask God to develop an attitude of prayer in our lives.
Prayer puts into perspective who God is in our lives.
For me, prayer is an intimate conversation with my Creator, my Lord, my Savior, my friend, whom I love. I talk and listen to Him, He shows me areas He is at work in my life, where I need to change then He changes me, He gives me strength and direction, this is why I listen and pray always, I would not make it without Him.
I pray before I get out of bed, I pray while driving, I pray while walking, I pray in crowds, I pray in solitude, I pray through the day. Our prayer life is only limited by our desire to know God, it is limited by us, it isn’t limited to any certain time or place where you have to have your eyes closed or repeat a ritual.
There are times we should get away and go to our closet and pray, we should have a time of reverence and awe of God, but limiting our conversations or listening to God in this way is not what Jesus meant.
We pray to the Creator of all things, and He listens, He cares, He loves us, individually, His love is personal and we should pray to Him without ceasing, everyone, everything, every day should be prayed for, all that we have, all that we are is because of the goodness and graciousness of God our Father.
My prayer life has increased as my relationship with God grows, I am depending on Him in all things so I pray to Him always about all things.
God’s word says this;
“Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should. Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6 CSB
““Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him. “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.” Matthew 6:5-15 CSB
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.”Romans 12:9-21 CSB
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