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Make Daily Praying A Priority

  1/21/2017, devotion for week #3 
  Reference: Mark 1:29-39, Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12-13, Hebrews 4:15, 16, I Thess. 5:16

How’s your prayer life? Would you say that you enjoy conversations with God? Does it come natural for you to spend time praying to the Lord? There is nothing wrong with taking stock and assessing your attitude towards prayer.  

After all, God’s invitation to us to approach Him through prayer (Hebrews 4:15, 16) is an amazing demonstration of His desire to fellowship with us.

So why do we often resist or neglect opportunities to simply “have a little talk with Jesus?”

One reason is because we fail to fully understand the merits of our relationship with God. If we’re walking in close relationship with Him, then communicating with Him on a regular basis will be as natural and desirable as wanting to be in the company of close family or friends.

Far too often prayer is a secondary activity. But it shouldn’t be. Instead prayer should be a priority. Furthermore, if we’re not careful we will get comfortable and settle for having emergency talks with God. In other words, our practice will be to call on the Lord when we’re in trouble. We'll just be caught up in the moment.

“God, you made us and know all about us” is a common expression in public and private praying. However unless we regularly and intimately spend time praying to Him we won’t know God as we should.

Experiencing the awesome and powerful presence of God should be our heartfelt desire. We should do everything possible to see to that the pursuit of a deeper relationship with God through prayer will not be compromised.

No schedule is too demanding, no other relationship is worth our commitment and no sin is too appealing to keep us from cultivating a relationship with God through prayer.

Jesus, the Son of God knew all too well the value and need to remaining in close and constant contact with God, the Father. Whether it was early in the morning, or in the wilderness or at night, time alone with God was not option. What about you?  



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