1 Thessalonians 5:17 isn’t an option. It isn’t something that we should take likely. It’s a command. Prayer is the connection between us and God. Prayer isn’t something we do because we want for others to know about us, nor is it something that we do because we have to. Christianity is thought of too much religiously and not enough spiritually. We have a set of beliefs, but we don’t follow a set of rules that tells us when or how we should talk to God. That is, we believe in the trinity; in God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We have our set of beliefs for Christians, no matter what denomination, but everything else in our walk is relational. The word “prayer” is mentioned, according to the useful source of “ask.com”, 109 times. The word “pray,” used in the present tense, is mentioned 313 times.
Prayer is the connection between us and God. Many times I wake up and say a quick prayer, more or less because I feel it’s a ritual in the morning, and when I lay my head down at night, I forget I went about my entire day without saying a sincere prayer. Philippians 4:6-“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Many times in the Bible we’re instructed to be patient; to wait on the Lord. When we question God’s authority, it’s not a God problem, it’s a faith problem.
“But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
It’s a daily struggle to live out our faith. I know something that helps: prayer. God delights in our prayers. Proverbs 15:8-“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.” God delights in your prayers, he wants to talk to you. Peep that Revelation 3:20-“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” I’d take God to Farmhouse if he wanted to go to dinner with me.
Pray in the morning. Pray at night. Pray through writing. Pray through singing. Pray when you want to pray. Pray when you’re enduring hardships. Just don’t stop praying. Start with a target time for how long you’re going to talk to God each day and improve from there, in your own time.
Psalm 18:30-“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in Him.”