“When things happen in life and we’ve tried everything else, all we have left is to pray.”
This is the mindset that many people have when it comes to prayer. However, we need to change that mindset to:
“Let’s pray everyday because things will happen in life and anything we try needs to be guided by Him who conquers all!”
That mindset is definitely the better of the two!
When we prioritize prayer, we receive a calming voice over us telling us that:
Things will be ok… “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
I am listening… “And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:15
I will give you hope… “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…” Ephesians 1:18
I am with you… “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
Not being in communication through prayer and reading His Word with our One and Only Savior is like not eating or breathing every day. Paul Miller describes it best in his book, “The Praying Life:”
“Imagine asking Jesus how he’s doing. He’d say, ‘My Father and I are doing great. He has given me everything I need today.’
You respond, ‘I’m glad your Father is doing well, but let’s just focus on you for a minute. Jesus, how are you doing?’
Jesus would look at you strangely, as if you were speaking a foreign language. The question doesn’t make sense. He simply can’t answer the question ‘How are you doing?’ without including his heavenly Father.
That’s why contemplating the terror of the cross at Gethsemane was such an agony for Jesus. He had never experienced a moment when he wasn’t in communion with his Father.
JESUS’ ANGUISH IS OUR NORMAL.’” (Excerpt From “A Praying Life” by Paul E. Miller)
Let’s not allow Jesus’ anguish to be our normal anymore and let’s allow prayer to become our new “normal.”