We make time for a lot of things in our lives, but how much of it do we really set aside for prayer? When we wake up in the morning, do we remember to thank God for allowing us to see this new day? When we sit down for a meal, do we take a moment to thank Him for it? When struggles come, do we consider Him and ask for strength?
It’s mentioned often in the Bible that we should "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and for us to "watch ye therefore, and pray always" (Luke 21:36), as well as to "continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2).
And that’s not even close to naming all of the scriptures where prayer is taught. During His earthly ministry, The Lord taught about the importance of prayer – by word and by deed. In John 17, we’re even granted a more detailed look into His intercessory prayer, as well as a few glimpses into the prayers He prayed as His soul struggled before He was betrayed.
If Christ considered prayer to be so important, shouldn’t we?
If we’re so busy in our lives that we don’t feel we have time to pray, then, obviously, we need to make some changes. Nothing is more important than talking things over with God. Some have asked, "Why should I pray? I don’t need anything." Of course, we have needs, but what isn’t always realized is that prayer itself is a need. As Christians, we need to talk with God; we need to spend that time in meditation with Him and Him alone.
It isn’t only the words we say or the position we’re in while we are praying; it’s about where our heart is focused. When we’re focused on The Lord through prayer, there isn’t room for other distractions, like our daily stresses and worries. It is a release to take those things to Him. Just to pray and to know He’s listening is more comforting than even these few words could fully describe, and it’s to our own shame (and to our own discomfort) that we sometimes put it off as much as we do.
That is why the Bible is filled with those reminders for us to pray, and to pray often. Prayer to God, above all that we do, should be a priority in our lives, so let’s make it number one on our list of Things To Do Today.
"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." (Psalms 5:3)
"At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments." (Psalms 119:62)
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice." (Psalms 55:17)