Colossians 4:2 — Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (NIV).
Another version says to continue earnestly in prayer (NKJV). If you are going to have a successful prayer life, you have to commit yourself wholeheartedly. The problem is many Christians have become casual with their prayers. Perhaps you’re one of them. If so, today is your day to start afresh.
The best way I know to show you the importance of a devoted prayer life is to compare it to marriage. Communication is one of the most significant aspects of the relationship between a husband and wife. Ask someone who has a successful marriage, and he will tell you success relies heavily on their level of communication. Ask someone whose marriage has crumbled, and she will likely tell you the same thing. Communication is key.
My wife and I work very hard every day to maintain a successful marriage. We constantly communicate. Sometimes the conversation is pleasant, and other times it’s not so much. There are times one of us wants to talk, and the other one doesn’t feel like it (usually me). We both work full-time; and we’re full-time parents, so we often have to make time at the end of a long day to talk and listen to each other. We have to separate ourselves from everything else going on and just be together.
The same is true in your relationship with God. You have to be disciplined and separate yourself unto God. Life is going to be very difficult at times, and the last thing you’re going to want to do is offer a prayer of thanks. Do it anyway. It’s inevitable that you’re going to get tired; don’t sacrifice a few minutes of quality communication with God to hit the sheets a little early.
Consecrate yourself to prayer. Make it a priority. Don’t plan your prayer time around your life; plan your life around your prayer time.
Acts 2:42 — They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (NIV).
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