Building on what I wrote last week about our daily walk with God.
Each of us has an individualised day planned by God, our walk’s experiences will be different, our interactions will be different for example:
When we wake up tomorrow morning we all can start our walk but our interactions, our communications and ultimately our prayers will be different. Some will be thankful for a good night’s sleep or the fact they wake to the sun streaming through their curtains, others will be thankful for the bed they slept in but be moved to think and pray and petition God for all the homeless who slept outside last night. Others will feel moved to pray for the governments of the lands or the nations in turmoil.
Here are some more examples of ways you could pray as part of your normal day:
Pray over your breakfast, thank God for the fact you have food, or pray for your child as you make them breakfast. Listen as God speaks who else, what else could you talk to him about.
Pray as you travel to work or do the school run, ask God who you should pray for, who should you speak to. Thank him you have a car, pray for those who don’t appear to be able to drive as well as you.
Pray using scripture or a worship song see where it takes you
Pray while reading the newspaper God cares even more than you do about peace and justice. He cares about pain and suffering use what’s going on in the world as an opportunity to ask for God’s intervention in a specific crisis at hand.
The possibilities are endless If we truly want to grab hold of and fully participate in all that God has planned for us this year as individuals and as a church we need to exercise the principle of persistent unending daily prayer. The concept of persevering and praying without ceasing no matter what. No matter how we feel, no matter whether we wake up happy or depressed, no matter whether the sun is shining or its cold and rainy. Praying whether life is good or whether we are in a dark, dark place. No matter whether we are fit and well or sick. No matter whether we are rich or poor.
Prayer is both an intimate interaction with God as it is a corporate event. It brings God glory, gives us insight into who he is, and has a tangible effect on our lives. Prayer is a privilege and a spiritual discipline worth developing. Let us agree at the beginning of this year to do as the Bible asks us to in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Romans 12:12 pray without ceasing, rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation and devoted to prayer.
Written by Polly Fryer-Saxby