Posted: October 21, 2016
Recently, I was speaking with someone about a bed frame they’d purchased. They very simply stated that before they went to the furniture store, they prayed for God to direct them to the right bed frame. Guess what? They walked into the store, bought the perfect frame at a great price, and left praising God. While they’re nonchalantly telling me this, I’m thinking, “Wow, I would just go to the store and buy the frame. Done and done.” The Spirit moved deeply in me, and I was convicted that my prayer and communication with God is not what He desires of me as His child. This humbling conviction led me to re-examine what prayer is and what God commands of me. As it turns out, God has a lot to say about prayer. (Surprise!)
Let’s dig into what Scripture says about prayer starting with Romans 12:12 which states, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Continuing with this idea, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 lays out more instruction, “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” These verses make it clear our prayer is to be a constant conversation through every circumstance in our lives (even buying furniture!). Crying out to God through prayer is not to be done only at convenient times or times of need. We are commanded to converse with Him through prayer on a continual basis.
We could look at verse after verse on prayer, but I’ll let you to do that on your own and leave you with two more verses God used to spur me to deeper prayer with Him. Colossians 4:2 urges, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Acts 6:4 expounds on that with, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Not only are we commanded to constantly pray to our Father, but we are to devote ourselves and be steadfast in our prayer. Devote and steadfast paint a beautiful picture of applying yourself to fervent, relentless prayer. Wow.
God, help us to be children who seek you and honor you with continuous prayer. May you find joy in us as we humbly communicate with you, our Almighty Father.