Prayer is vital to a Christian life. We must stay connected with God and develop a relationship with Him – just as we do with family and friends here on earth. If you do not stay connected with someone, what happens? That person eventually fades away and out of your life. God is our power source and our life line. Without a connection to Him, we have nothing.
If you don’t already have a prayer life, start small and it will eventually become second nature to you! Take advantage of the downtime we all experience and use that time to talk to God. Waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting at stop lights, waiting on elevators, waiting on others to get ready, waiting in traffic, waiting in grocery store lines. If you think about these brief moments as a gift and talk to God instead of getting aggraved, two things will result: 1) you will develop patience and 2) you will be on your way to developing a strong prayer life.
Keep the following prayer handy. When you find yourself waiting, pull it out and use it as your quick reference guide to speak to God – even if you only have 30 seconds. The more you speak to God, the more natural it becomes and the more you want to speak to God. 30 seconds today turns into 30 minutes tomorrow! Here is a prayer that the Apostle Paul gave us in the book of Colossians:
- Be thankful for God (1:3)
- Ask God to help you understand what His will is for you (1:9)
- Ask God to give you Spiritual wisdom and understanding (1:9)
- Ask God to help you live for and please Him (1:10)
- Ask God to give you more knowledge of Himself (1:10)
- Ask God to give you strength for endurance and patience (1:11)
- Ask God to fill you with joy, strength and thankfulness (1:11, 12)
God desires to have a solid relationship with each of us but we have to do our part to initiate that relationship. You can approach God boldly and confidently in your prayer life. At other times you may need to just be with God without speaking. One of my favorite verses that I oftentimes repeat to myself when my thoughts start getting away from me is “Be still and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10. It’s a very easy verse to commit to memory and it will come in handy when your brain feels like a TV with someone else controlling the remote changing the channels (or maybe that’s just how I feel sometimes:-)) This verse along with God’s presence helps to calm me and restore my perspective and my balance and it can do the same for you.
I pray that each of you come alive in your prayer life. I pray that each of you start talking to God! That’s all He wants us to do. Praise God for the wonderful gifts He is waiting to bestow on you. All you need to do is come to Him in prayer.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,