I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
Reflection On This Scripture
When a new year starts I always look for new ways I can better organize my life so that I can be more efficient than last year. I look at my phone calendar and start inputting all my upcoming meetings and sync them with my wife. I make sure I also mark down any special occasions, birthdays, and anniversaries. But the most important thing I plan for daily is my prayer and devotional time.
Being scarce in our time of prayer can often lead us to ingratitude. Gratitude begins to disappear from our lives when we fail to give Jesus of our time. Sooner or later we begin to see our brothers with eyes full of criticism and judgment. We soon begin to centralize our decisions and lives around ourselves, without worrying about those around us. When our appointment with Jesus disappears, that is when frustration, depression, jealousy, envy, and pride, begin to subdue our heart. How consistent are you in your prayer time? Prayer can be something that many people find difficult, although it seems simple enough. You may have heard the saying, “If you know how to talk you can pray.” But if it really is that simple, why are there so many Christians who find it so hard to pray?
There have been times where I determined to rise early and pray. So I very ambitiously set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. The next morning my alarm goes off, I grab my coffee and my Bible and sit on the sofa to read and pray before I go to work. There are days where I struggle to begin my prayer time. As I sit there, my mind thinks about all the things I have to do that day. I’m so tired that it’s hard for me to think about what to pray. I start reading the Bible, but when I get to the second verse I’m falling asleep again. Has this ever happened to you?
If you have tried to be an early riser and have failed maybe it’s simply because you are not a morning person. We tend to get frustrated and decide to not try again because we think it’s too hard or it’s not for us. But there is no formula to prayer time. Some people do great rising early to spend time with The Lord. Mark 1:35 says of Jesus, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
Some people’s brains just don’t function properly until later. Maybe you feel more focused and energetic in the middle of the day and can set aside time during your lunch break to spend time in prayer. For others, the evening is the time where peace governs your house and nobody bothers you because they are all asleep. That is your moment to talk with Jesus.
Luke 6:12 says, “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. “ Jesus shows us by his example that he made time to pray at all hours of the day. Find the time that works best for you and set your own appointment to meet with God.
Maybe you are very new to the things of God and don’t know where to even begin. Something that really helps me is going thru the Psalms as I pray. Psalms is a collection of songs and prayers. I often use Psalms as my guide. Another helpful tool that really helps me a lot is to have my own prayer guide. I create lists of things to pray for, where I include my friends, family, members of my Community group, Church, and so on.
Intentionally planning out my time of prayer has helped me to be consistent. Many of us are constantly having meetings with our friends, family, co-workers, now how consistent are we in prioritizing our meeting with Jesus? Paul shows us here its consistently “nonstop.” We live very busy lives keep us from caring to organize our schedules around the Creator. Take advantage of whatever time of the day works best for you to have an appointment with your Creator. Allow him to fill your cup to overflow with the love we need daily so that we might be light in the midst of so much darkness.
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