Prayer is our spirit breathing heaven. “Pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 RSV).
If you want to know the heart of a Christian, it will be found in the privacy of their prayer life. This is why we rarely know someone’s heart, but the Lord always does. We can fake a good prayer life in front of others, but we can never fake a prayer life before God.
Until you learn to pray to God with your own words, you are speaking from somebody else’s heart. The Lord Jesus taught, “Whenever you pray, be sincere and not like the pretenders who love the attention they receive while praying before others…” (Matthew 6:5 TPT).
Early in my faith, I used to think people who prayed so eloquently in front of others were somehow higher in their faith and their stature before God. But as I have progressed in my understanding of the Lord, I have come to see that scripted prayers meant to impress men are not worth a nickel to God.
It does not matter as much how long you pray as how genuine your prayer is. Jesus taught, “Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matthew 6:7-8 TLB).
I have been most blessed to meet some special men and women who are as near to God as you could be and not be present in heaven. There are two traits I have always found in such godly people as these, their humility before men and their prayer life before God.
Those who pray much will be filled much by the presence of God. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV).
If you want to grow in your faith, you must grow in your prayer life. You must come to see prayer not as a task that you must do but a blessing that you don’t want to be torn away from. When you learn to pray throughout the day, you will find that God is always with you.
When your life is a prayer, the Lord will always be near you. “Make your life a prayer” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 TPT).
The time you spend quietly alone with God will comfort your soul and prepare you for your journey. We think we can serve the Lord more on our feet than on our knees, but it will be on our knees where we will accomplish the most because it is there we are tapping into the resources of heaven.
The most productive time of your day is when you’re praying. “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20 TLB).
When your life is a prayer, even when things go wrong your prayer time need not change. You will find that you carry fewer frustrations and worries because in your constant praying you are giving them all to the Lord. The more you pray, the less you worry.
Count your blessings and give your problems to the Lord. “Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TLB).
There is no classroom or lesson that can help you to make your life a prayer. Striving will get you nowhere but when once you surrender, then you will be there. Making your life a prayer does not come naturally because your flesh is trying to rule you. What you yield to is what rules you.
Men of little prayer are spiritually little men. Jesus taught, “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV). The leaders in the kingdom are those that have the ear of God.
The best way to change your life is to let Him do it. Ask the lord to change you and then let Him. Anybody can be changed by God if only they are willing. Choose today that your life would be a prayer. Simply fall to your knees and begin.
Don’t let prayer be your last resort, but your first inclination. “You must pray at all times as the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. Pray for the things that are needed. You must watch and keep on praying. Remember to pray for all Christians” (Ephesians 6:18 NLV).
Blessings to you,