'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' Colossians 4:2 NIV
We can never underestimate how important prayer is. Our best example (for everything!), Jesus, rose before dawn to pray. Sometimes he prayed all night. Other times he left the crowds to pray (see Luke 5:16 and Matthew 14:23). He valued time with God, even above doing the things God had called him to do. Likewise, our work for God is hugely important, but time spent deepening our relationship with God is even more important. Our power, peace, joy and effectiveness are directly related to the time we spend in God's presence - and this happens through prayer.
Prayer is about cultivating a close relationship with our Father and Friend. Through this relationship, we learn to trust him. But, just like any friendship, it needs to be prioritised. We can't expect to feel close to God in the hard times if we haven't spent time talking to him in the good ones.
We can struggle to make prayer a priority. The Bible says: 'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful' (Colossians 4:2 NIV). How devoted are we? How much do we desire to spend time talking to God? How willing are we to sit and listen to what he wants to say to us? It doesn't matter about the words we use, God's interested in the heart we come with.
So what now? Prayer is your lifeline! Today, thank God that he longs to be in relationship with you because he loves you and wants the best for you. Ask him to help you prioritise your prayer life with him, just as Jesus did.
Soulfood: 1 Kings 10-11, Mark 13:1-11, Ps 82, Pro 12:18-19