Smith Wigglesworth, a wonderful evangelist and awesome man of God, offered the following food for thought. He said: “I have never in my life prayed for more than five minutes, but I never go five minutes without praying.”
So simple, yet so profound. Most of us are taught short, little nice prayers when we are little by getting on our knees beside the bed. “Now I lay me down to sleep…”
As we physically mature, our spirits should also mature. Our prayer lives should also reflect that maturity and development. How developed is your prayer life? Do you still pray the “now I lay me down…” prayer at night? Do you thank Him for covering you through the night, but not for waking you up in the morning? Have we become too busy for God? How many times a day do you take a few minutes to pray? Do you ever remember to pray for anyone else when they ask you to (I have been guilty of this)? What if you just stopped when someone asked you to pray for them and did it on the spot? Are your prayers only about you and those you know (family and friends)? Do you pray for people/things outside of your inner circle?
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with bedside nightly prayers on bended knee. But do we also pray during the day while we are on our commute to work? When someone gets on our nerves? The Bible instructs us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Now that doesn’t mean that you should pray every second of every hour, but it does mean that God wants to commune with you as often as possible on a daily basis. That’s why the Lord’s Prayer talks about our “daily bread“.
Daily prayer helps get you through your day.
The power of prayer is real and a formidable weapon to use against anything that comes against us in our lives. Prayer is used to help you avoid the weapons that are being formed against you by the enemy. What if you were a father of children who never spoke to you over the course of their day? What if their toys (cars, televisions, music) keep them from coming in the LIVING room and talking to daddy. I’m sure you would feel hurt. And I’m sure God feels the same way when we do the same to him.
If we live, move, and have our being in Christ, we should commune with him more often.
Whatever you do today…don’t forget…talk to daddy.