Have you ever had thoughts like this?
- I don’t believe prayer will change anything!
- Praying sounds so easy to do, but it’s not.
- My prayers are never answered.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had these thoughts. Life can be frustrating when things don’t go my way, especially when it seems like one trial comes on the tail end of another. I’ve wanted to shout to God, “When will I get a break?”
I sometimes see families interact and wonder what’s going on in their lives. How is it that they can spend a whole day laughing and smiling? It’s not that I wish terrible things to happen, but I wonder why some people appear to have an easier life while others struggle. It makes me think the saying, “life isn’t fair,” is true.
Why Do We Need To Resolve To Pray?
Maybe the problem is me. I don’t have a consistent prayer life or perhaps I don’t have the right attitude about prayer.
To me, prayer is more than just asking God for things. It’s also taking the time to praise Him for the things He created, and then listening for His response. I love to praise God in prayer when things are good, but it is harder when things aren’t going so well. Like when our house burned down or when my husband was diagnosed with cancer, praise was harder then. I cherished the time my husband and I spent praying together because it brought us each closer to God. Of course, I prayed for a miracle, but my husband still died. It was hard to accept at first until I realized the miracle was God healed him in heaven.
I wish I could be a role model when it comes to prayer, but the truth is I often let other things distract me from doing it. I look forward to my time on the road because I think long trips offer quiet time to give God my undivided attention. Well, that is, until I turn on the radio on and forget about prayer time. After my devotion, I have good intentions to type up my prayers, but the minute I turn the computer on I go to Facebook instead out of habit. Oh, I do say my prayers at night, but often fall asleep before I get all the way through them.
I need to be more like Daniel in the Bible. He made praying a habit — kneeling down three times a day. He was so obedient to God that others became jealous and decided to plot against him. Daniel’s strong prayer life helped him develop a powerful relationship with God. So, when the bad guys threw Daniel into a lion’s den, God shut the mouths of the lions and Daniel was not harmed. That’s the power of prayer!
As I make my New Year’s resolutions this year, I will resolve to pray. When I pray (in all times — good and bad), I will strengthen my relationship with God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6
How To Make Time To Pray This Year
I struggled to write the blog this week because how can I encourage anyone to pray if I haven’t resolved to do the same. I searched to find the right words to share. Then my coach reminded me that no one does 100% of the right things 100% of the time. When I thought about it, I realized I can share the importance and power of prayer even though I am still working on it myself.
I have found comfort in reading a daily devotion from Joyce Meyer’s book, Love Out Loud. I started doing this regularly about five months ago, and most of the time I journal about how the teaching relates to my life. Each month I share one of my daily devotions with you. Why don’t you join me in my prayer and bible study? You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon.
As a writer, I don’t mind journaling. It’s kind of a written prayer and allows me to spend more time with God. Occasionally, I will read back through my prayer journal and see how God answered my request. Whether it’s praying out loud or writing down it down, each draw me closer to God.
What If I Don’t Like The Results Of Prayer?
Whether you received the answer you want or not, the humility of prayer is what’s most important. Praying will strengthen your soul in hard times. It will provide wisdom to make better decisions. Prayer helps us develop a “best friend” relationship with God. Knowing God is always near will carry you during sad times. God listens to our prayers and delivers us from trouble. God will always love you. He will never leave you or disown you. Prayer connects us to all God has to offer.
I am learning that I can always count on God to provide comfort and peace throughout my life. Prayer is a way to connect with His comfort and peace. Daniel had a habit of praying, whether things were going good or bad. I am resolving to do the same, knowing that God’s power will deliver me.
“We can never underestimate the power of worshipping God. Our prayer and worship needs to be a habit and we need to keep doing it, no matter what anyone says. When enemies or circumstances rise against us, we can count on God to hear our prayers, receive our worship, and deliver us.” – Joyce Meyer, Love Out Loud
God wants us to communicate with Him through it all. Just as one best friend shares with another, we should eagerly share with our Heavenly Father. It all comes down to commitment. Consistent prayer will draw us closer to God and connect us to His deliverance power… and ultimately strengthen our resolve.
This week join me in saying this mantra every morning: “Hear my prayer, O Lord”
Why not purchase Love Out Loud and join me in this study… and resolve to pray?
What keeps you from praying on a regular basis? What ideas do you have for strengthening your prayer life?
Share with me in the comments below.