Do you find time for prayer?
Or, do you pray, and then find time for everything else?
For most Christians, the most common answer to the first question is, “I try to.” The common answer to the second is, “What are you talking about?”
Modern culture is so invasive, so desperate for our attention, that a Christian’s commitment to a lifestyle of prayer is almost impossible. But prayer is the way we communicate with God. It is the language of our relationship with the One who made us. It is the way we get in touch, and stay in touch, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
And yet, if I’m lucky enough to find any time at all, I spend an average of 12 minutes a day in serious, focused prayer. (And some of that happens in the car where, during traffic, I may be able to be quiet, but I’m certainly not able to completely focus.) How about you? How much do you pray every day? Where do you pray? When do you pray?
Granted, it’s about quality before quantity. However, how much quality can there be to our prayers if we spend only 12 minutes in it out of the 1440 available in a day? That’s 1/120th of a day! At that rate, by week’s end I will have spent 84 minutes in prayer out of an available 10,080. That’s less time than it took to watch that movie on Netflix I had already seen three times before.
I think you see what I’m getting at. I’m not out to shame folks, but to point out just how lopsided our lives are revealed to be when we place the portion we spend in communion with God up against everything else. And yet, not a single Christian would honestly disagree that prayer is essential to living out the Christian faith.
On this episode of The DBC Podcast, Bo sits down with interim senior pastor, Allen Jackson, to discuss both the importance of prayer, and how Christians can begin to reorder their lives in order to become – or return to being – “a praying people.” Looking at James 5:13-18, Allen explains just how much power is meant to be found in our prayers, if indeed we are seeking God wholeheartedly and humbly.
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