I Thought They’d Pray More

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On my best days I find I am praying continually. It’s as if I am in a constant conversation with God and He is influencing my words, thoughts and deeds. In a survey of people who attended church the first time or first time in a long time… a surprising observation was often shared. The ‘visitors’ said “I thought they’d pray more’! Apparently there was the expectation that people of faith, who believe in God, would obviously pray and ask Him to help, heal, provide, guide, forgive, uplift, encourage, and change circumstances. That is a sad indictment on the infant faith of so many of us. Why are we not constantly going to God, our Father and receiving all the good He desires for us. The apostle Paul admonished the Corinthian church to ‘pray continually’. Jesus told a parable that bids us to do the same.

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not become discouraged, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect any person.  Now there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my opponent.’  For a while he was unwilling; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect any person, yet because this widow is bothering me, I will give her justice; otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge said; now, will God not bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night, and will He delay long for them?  I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8 NASB

How rich and vibrant is my prayer life? How can I purpose my day to be in constant contact with Him?

God, as this day begins- I want to commit it and myself to You. Please speak to me through the Holy Spirit and give me thoughts beyond my own. Would You show Your mercy and endless power by intervening in my friend’s daugther’s life to sustain and heal her body. Touch those who are sick. Prompt Your people (myself especially) to reach out and love someone in Your name today. I want to be a person of great faith, so I will pray more!

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