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Does this sound familiar? Thought so. It is the dreaded sound of our alarm clocks each morning awakening us to the start of another day. And as if our normal wake up time wasn’t early and difficult enough, we know prayer is important, so we set the alarm clock a few minutes, or maybe even an hour earlier than usual. It is not a surprise, though, that the zzz’s take over our reasoning in the moment and we snooze through the most significant part of our day once again. Isn’t this what happens to so many of us in the moment? We forget about meeting with the Creator of all for a few more minutes of sleep. For another glance at Facebook. For another scroll through Instagram. Before we know it, it’s been a week since we’ve even thought about talking to Him. You’re not alone. We’ve all done it.
What if we could challenge our normal day-to-day routine, though, and make a decision that we will reprioritize our lives for the sake of knowing Him? Would everything change? We dare to say yes, that everything would surely change. As Christians, it is our privilege to daily come into the presence of God. To talk to God. To hear from Him. In Matthew 26:36-46, Jesus is experiencing one of the most significant times in his life, right before He sacrifices His life for humanity. He asks His disciples to watch and pray while He spends some time alone in prayer. What do the disciples do? You guessed it; they fell asleep. There is no judgment here, but more of a relating that takes place.
What if we have spiritually slept through some of the most significant things God wanted to speak to us or do in our lives because we would not pray? It is time that we awaken and become the Church, the Bride without spot or wrinkle that loves her Bridegroom Jesus wholeheartedly. This only happens by spending time with Him. It is just like in an earthly marriage covenant. The two people must make time for one another, or their relationship will die. We have the opportunity to know God; we are not forced to know Him. It is our choice.
We cannot rely on a pastor, a friend, a parent, a significant other, or anyone for that matter, to spend time with God for us. Knowing God is something we must all do individually. A small group, going to church, and going to Bible studies are all wonderful, but they do not replace the importance of spending time alone with our Creator in prayer. We can learn about God at church and from others, but it is time that we stop only hearing about God and start hearing from God.
What if this is the reason there are still chains, addictions, and brokenness in your life? Maybe your breakthrough is long overdue because the start of your prayer life is way past due. If you would seek God, He would surely break you free from the bondages and addictions you battle so strongly. If your excuse is, “I don’t have time,” the question really isn’t if you have enough time. The question is, will you make time for Him? Prayer is so simple, yet is the very key to freedom.
Don’t know what to say to God in prayer? That’s okay. He doesn’t care how you sound or if you don’t quite know how to communicate with Him yet. He is like a father with his two year old child. He doesn’t get frustrated or mad at the child if they don’t know how to communicate what they need yet. He is patient and waits for the child to say what they need, even if it is just one word. “Cup.” “Potty.” “Food.” Right? That is how God is with us. Go get with God, forget about how you sound, and just talk to Him. Wherever you are starting from today is good enough.
Prayer will revolutionize not only your life, but the lives of others as you begin to hear from God for friends, family, and even strangers. Prayer is about bringing Heaven to Earth. It has the power to pull the spiritual into the physical realm. Darkness only continues to get darker because the light refuses to shine. So, awaken, pray, and shine! And then people will say of you as they said of the apostles in Acts 4:13, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
Food for Thought:
- What have been your honest thoughts about prayer in the past? What are they now?
- Have you been hearing about God without hearing from God? Or relying on someone else’s relationship with God without taking the time to know Him yourself?
- In the past, what have been your greatest hindrances to praying? What will you do to push past those things?
- Has there been a time in your life when you remember seeing the results of your prayers?
- For this next week, will you commit to daily spending time with God in prayer?
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