Making Prayer a Priority

Is prayer one of your top priorities?
Is prayer one of your top priorities?

 This post from my wife was so awesome I had to steal it from her today:

How often do we withdraw from the busyness of life so that we can take time to pray? I find it’s more convenient to pray when I first wake up, and before I go to bed. I have to be more intentional, however, if I pray during the day. At times, life just gets so busy.

I read this book recently and came across this quote:  “If you are too busy to pray, then you have even more reason to stop what you are doing and give yourself over to prayer.” It was a serious ouch moment for me. There is no such thing as praying enough. The Bible tells us that we are supposed to pray all the time. I’m one who utters sentence prayers throughout the day. If a person crosses my mind, I try to pray for them right that instant.

But if I’m honest, I have not been very good at withdrawing from life so that I can pray, and I believe that Jesus sets an example that we should follow.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  ~ (Luke 5:16)

It is easy to pause and pray when there is a tragedy. When the 8.9 earthquake hit Japan on Friday, my Facebook newsfeed was loaded with prayers for the country and all the coastal lands that were under tsunami watch. My city was also under tsunami watch. And while this was a life or death experience for many, it was so easy for people to slow down and turn their attention to God.

But what will happen when the tragedy is far behind us? Will we return back to old habits—uttering sentence prayers and being too busy to give God the priority that He deserves? My hope is that we will all see every moment as an opportunity for prayer.