When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” (Matthew 26:40-41, MSG)
Stay alert in your prayer life. That’s your connection to the Source of Life. With the words of Elisabeth Elliot “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.”
Prayer is indeed a privilege. Let’s not be slackers in our prayer life. Through prayers we become partners in God’s work. Like E.M.Bounds has said “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”
We are called to pray. It’s our duty as Christians. But our prayers benefit also ourselves. When we abide in prayer, we experience God’s loving presence. And when that happens, our well-being improves dramatically. No gimmicks needed, just God’s grace-filled presence blesses our socks off every time. Why wouldn’t we want that?
The more we pray, the more blessed we realize we are. The more we pray, the more ‘incidents’ happen in our lives. The more we pray, the more connected with God we are.
Hence, prayer really is the key to our all-around well-being. By praying we also pave the way for Jesus to come into our lives, and through our lives into the world around us. It’s a high calling. Let’s not neglect it.
What an honor and privilege you’ve give us:
an intimate way to communicate with you.
Thanks for calling us to pray.
Empower us to believingly pray without ceasing.
Enable us to be your partners in every way we can.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How would you end the phraise “the more you pray, …”?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace your calling to pray without ceasing!