Due to a typical everyday busy schedule, having my personal devotions and a consistent prayer life has been a struggle for me. Lately I would try to “fit” God in right before I go to bed but at that point God is only getting a quick read in my devotional book and a half awake prayer. This got me thinking, what if God was too busy for me? What if God only gave me a few minutes before bed? What if God just mumbled a few words to me while only half awake? This has been such a big conviction for me because God deserves SO MUCH MORE.
I never thought it would make a difference whether I had my devotional time/prayer time in the morning or evening but let me tell you that now my day starts off much more positive and joyful because I had that sweet time with my Savior. It is vital to have that devotional time where you can learn more about our Savior and truly meditate on His Word. It is vital to give God the time He deserves. Don’t just start your day with a needful heart but with a grateful heart.
It is vital to have a consistent and vulnerable prayer time with your Savior.
Your prayer may seem awkward. Your prayer may seem confusing. Your prayer may seem “too” specific. Your prayer may seem scattered. Your prayer may seem repetitive. Your prayer may not make complete sense. Your prayer may seem impossible. Your prayer may seem broken. And this is okay because the power of prayer is not in the one who is praying but the One who is listening. God doesn’t expect us to pray the “perfect” prayer but He does expect us to pour out our heavy hearts and lay our burdens down at His feet. Often we say our prayers but don’t actually believe that God will make it happen. We need to firmly believe in what we pray for.
Do not let the fear of a weak prayer take over the belief of a faithful God.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.” Psalm 55:22
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24
“Trust in him at all times: ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8
“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:2
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11