When I was a junior in high school, I played the violin. I didn’t exactly excel at it, even with practice. But for sure, you didn’t want to hear me when I didn’t practice! Prayer is like that.
Prayer, like anything else done faithfully and regularly, in time becomes more natural and normal. But when we are irregular at prayer, we feel awkward and don’t quite know what to say to God. God doesn’t expect you to wait until you can word your prayers flawlessly. He just wants to hear from you. And, if you are a Christian, make the changes necessary to form the habit of checking in with God on a regular basis—preferably daily.
That’s what David, “the sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Samuel 23:1), did. He declared to God, In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly (Psalm 5:3 niv).
Another psalmist exulted, “Seven times a day I praise You” (Psalm 119:164), indicating that he prayed and praised numerous times because of a continual attitude of praise. When you fail to pray, you are in a sense saying you don’t need God. And here’s another thought—when you fail to pray, you are also saying that you’re probably not even thinking about God! How can I say that?
Because any and every thought about God moves our hearts to pray.
If we can give you one piece of advice, it’s this: Pray faithfully. Faithfulness is a mark of maturity. Faithful people can be trusted in what they say and do. And faithfulness is a necessary element in any relationship, especially a relationship with God.
We know God is faithful. He is unchanging and unchangeable. Faithfulness is one of His attributes. So to keep up your part of a relationship with God, you need to be faithful to God.
The breathing in of air sustains life. It’s a basic fact—as long as you breathe, you live. Therefore no sane person would ever decide, “I think I’ll take some time off from breathing.” No, breathing is necessary for life. And you must see prayer in the same way.
Prayer is necessary for the Christian life, as well as for a better life. Just as you will breathe for as long as you live, you must also pray for as long as you live. Do it for life!
Lord, You are so faithful to us. May we be faithful to You—with prayers that seek You at all times, in all places, for all things. Amen.
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Spiritual growth results from discipline. The essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship equip us to run our Christian race with vigor and stamina. Don’t merely observe from the grandstand; train diligently—your spiritual progress depends upon it.
Breathing is necessary for life. And you must see prayer in the same way.