MAKE PRAYER A LIFESTYLE
In the same way, prayer is essential in
this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and
long. Pray for your brothers and sisters.
Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s
spirits up so that no one falls behind or
drops out (Ephesians 6:18 MSG).
Giving time to prayer is very important. There’re
times and certain situations that don’t
require you to pray for a protracted period. There’re
other times and situations that require importunity,
heartfelt continuity in prayer. Both are very important,
depending on what you’re dealing with. But the bottom
line is that as a Christian, prayer must be a lifestyle.
The reason for prayer isn’t to convince God that
you’re really serious about your objective for praying.
Rather, it’s about what spending time in fellowship
with Him does in your spirit. Give your best times, your
most productive moments, to praying. Try not to be in
a hurry during your prayer times, because sometimes,
even when you think you’re done praying, the Holy
Spirit might still want you to continue. He may bring
words to you with which to pray. Remember, He has
a ministry in our lives; He’s the One who teaches us
how to pray.
When we pray, we don’t always know everything
we’re supposed to say about certain situations. But
God, through the Holy Spirit, teaches us what to say
and how to pray correctly and effectively. That’s why
giving time and attention in prayer is important. Give
attention to praying in tongues; don’t be distracted.
When it’s time to pray, have the discipline to
keep everything else aside. The more other things
try to distract you, the more you should focus and
keep praying. Let your spirit receive that discipline;
then, you’ll achieve the primary purpose of prayer,
which is the conditioning of your spirit and mind until
God’s thoughts become your thoughts, and His words
become your words. The specific, creative word on
your lips that the Spirit brings to you at such moments
of prayer produces result.
Few minutes of prayer isn’t sufficient to condition
your spirit. You need to give God time and attention.
In prayer, certain things are done to you and in you by
the Holy Spirit; you’re so conditioned and transfigured
that your way of talking, your choice of words, your
character and behavior are affected. Make yourself
available for that conditioning to take place as you
make prayer a lifestyle.
Dear Father, thank you for the privilege of fellowship
with you through the Spirit in prayer. Thank you for
the privilege to side with you and enforce your will in
the earth and exercise dominion over circumstances,
Satan and his cohorts of darkness, in Jesus’ Name.
1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 John 5:14-15; Jeremiah 29:12
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Matthew 3 & Genesis 6-8
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Acts 6:9-15 & Nehemiah 6