October 17, 2019

Living a Life of Prayer is to Live a Praying Life

Rejoice always,
Pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV )

Prayer is the lifeblood of the Christian believer. Without it you lose out on the joy of sharing your heart with the greatest Friend you could ever have. Through prayer, you acquire a loving and lasting relationship with a “friend who sticks closer than a brother” ( Proverbs 18:24 NIV ).  Drilling down deep in prayer is how life change happens. It is here where you ravish and experience the mighty yet small, still voice of God speaking clearly into your heart, spirit, and soul with life fulfilling purpose.

Living a life of prayer that’s powerful and effective ( James 5:16 NIV ) requires a continuous spiritual conversation with the Father ( I Thessalonians 5:17 ESV ). A recent family incident reminded me of what happens when connection to the main source of power is interrupted. My wife and eldest son were activating an iPad for our grandchildren but ran into issues completing the setup. They were working from separate rooms, so I witnessed them communicating back and forth for quite some time. Finally, I heard my wife say, “I’m not sure what’s wrong… we’ve tried almost everything.” About that time, my son entered the room, looked at the iPad and started to laugh. He proudly stated, “Mom here’s the problem; you are not CONNECTED to WIFI.” Of course, we all laughed, the connection was made, and the power began to flow. All the time, energy, and effort expended were ineffective because there was no connection to the main source of power. Prayer is the connection that engages God and enables the power of His love to flow continuously in and throughout our lives. For Christian believers, like the iPad…

No Connection, No Power!

Dr. C. Wittman noted that in the life of believers, “Prayer is talked about more than anything else, and practiced less than anything else.”  It’s not that believers don’t desire to pray more, but with busy lives, prayer seems to find its way toward the end of the list. Work, family, school, social activities, church, hobbies, etc., all often take precedence over prayer. We’ve all observed exit row seating signs in commercial airlines directing occupants to “use in case of emergency.”  Unfortunately, we often activate prayer in the same way, during times of crisis.

Scripture reveals that the Apostle Paul understood a thing or two about living a life of prayer, leaning all in with Christ, no matter what, thus staying connected to the Power Source of God. Throughout his ministry Paul suffered trials and persecutions being stoned, beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked, and betrayed. Through it all, he never stopped the flow of prayer in his life; instead Paul advised Christian believers to follow his lead and “pray without ceasing” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ). Not that we will always be on bended knees, but that our minds are to be spiritually attuned to living out the will of God, and that our hearts are to be in a spirit of prayer as we engage in our busy, daily lives.

Final Thoughts

When hungry for a word on prayer, open this “To Go Box” and feed on Paul’s encouraging reminder to: “Worry about nothing…Pray about everything… Experience the Peace of God”
( Phil 4:6-8 NLT )

Take a moment and watch the Life Change story of Harlan and Vonnie Withington as they share what it means to live a life of prayer.

Next Steps

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4 Comments

  1. Kathy Vanpool

    Right on target! I am praying for your successful surgery and restful recovery!

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  2. David A Welton

    Praying for smooth and quick healing for you Ed and the grace and peace of God our Father through Christ Jesus.

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  3. Steve Weber

    Thank you Ed for your wise insight and thoughts concerning prayer. It encourages me to worry less and pray more! Being connected to the power source is so important. I love your wifi analogy. I sometimes turn of the world’s wifi (put my phone in ‘prayer-plane’ mode) and replace it with the real power that is always full bars.

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  4. caryn southerleand

    Thank you for sharing your fears, perceived weaknesses, and your desires not yet met. I could feel your sincerity and genuine peace that prayer is a journey in which God is so patient. You made it clear that He uses our friends, community, and church to step us closer to Him though each step may reveal our lack. I hope there will be more testimonies from real people who hear and answer God’s invitation of prayer. What encouragement to seek both God in prayer and a community of people who will share the journey.

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