Wednesday, August 9, 2017

committed to pray

But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

Prayer is an important part of the Jesus follower’s life.  Yet it is obvious that many people who claim faith use prayer as a last resort or only as a solving of problems.  I believe prayer is to be a daily and moment-by-moment part of our lives.

Being committed to praying can make all the different in the world for the ones praying and the ones being prayed for.  You may have been challenged to pray as I have, but I have also been convicted when I said, “I will pray” yet forgotten.  Good intentions don’t always cut it.

How will we make sure that our commitment to pray is followed?  Like other things in the Christian’s life prayer and actually praying is a choice.  It is not an after thought.  It is at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of all that we do.  The older I get the more I find myself praying, needing prayer and wanting to pray.

This is not something I share because I am a saint or a hero.  In fact, I am not looking for praise or a pat on the back.  What I am doing is seeking to challenge you to set your requests and follow through.  Just pray.  Stop now.  Those people on your mind are there for a reason.  They might have been places on your heart by God Himself.

I am not telling you who or what, but the last few weeks and days have been laced with some of the prayers that I am committed to.  These have shaped me and others.  Have you ever been comforted when someone tells you that they are praying for you?  Has the card in the mail, or the email, or the text message come to you at just the right time when you needed someone to pray for you?  I have been, and I bet you have been too.

Commit to pray.  Start now.  Just a minute or two.  Maybe an hour or more.  Just start.  It is a choice to commit to pray.

2 Thessalonians 1:11  NLT
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

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