This week, I have been writing the daily scripture schedule on prayer, and it has been very uplifting to me. You know, communication between two people requires two things – talking and listening. Are you guilty of “doing most of the talking” when it comes to your relationship with God? Have you opened up His word to see what He has to say? Are you one of those people who before the other person has stopped talking, you’ve already stopped listening and have what you’re going to say next already planned out? Do you sincerely want to know God’s will?
In I Thessalonians 5:17, Paul urged the church at Thessalonica to “pray without ceasing!” That verse bothered me as a young Christian because that seemed to be impossible! Now, I realize that we should be in a good physical place and always have the proper mental attitude that we could stop whatever we are doing and pray. It may mean that we need to watch “where we’re going”, “what we’re doing,” and “who we might be with.” If anything of these things keep us from prayer then, we’re not able to pray without ceasing.
I am also comforted by I John 5:14-15, where John wrote, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” We can have confidence in approaching God’s throne and letting our wishes be known. James 4:2-3 says, “….Yet ye have not, because ye ask not, Ye ask not, and receive not because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your own pleasures.” Are you limiting the blessings of God because you haven’t asked?
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” The only way to be “careful for nothing” is to be “prayerful for everything”, and to be “thankful for all things!” Thank you, Lord for the avenue of prayer! God bless, Courtney