I recently got up early and drove to the airport to fly out and spend time with family in New York. Even though I love to travel, I understand there are risks that are taken when you travel. You can’t help but think about what could happen.
As I drove I was praying for a safe trip. Suddenly, I remember a recent conversation I had with someone where they said “I have a hard time praying.” I then heard the Holy Spirit say “You’ll always have a hard time praying if you live a life that doesn’t require it.”
When you read the scriptures you find that God’s people were always asked to do things that required risk and were outside their personal means. Because of that it drove them into places of having to seek God and pray.
Now I believe there are many reasons people can have a hard time praying, but maybe the biggest reason for the lack of prayer may be the fact we live lives that do not require it.
Is that true?
I would say yes, because I honestly find it easy to get up, go to work, hang out with friends, go home and finish my day without prayer and it happens relatively often. But then I look at the bible and ask myself is that the kind of life I’ve been called to live and I have to honestly say no.
When you read Matthew 28:19-20 you see the commission Jesus gives to his disciples:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
If you continue into the book of Acts you read how the disciples carried out that commission. It was lives marked by risk and prayer. Why else do you think Jesus told them that he would be with them unless what he was asking could not be done on their own.
-“If you’re living a life that doesn’t require prayer, you’re not living the life God has called you to live.” – Paul Harlan
God is glorified throughout the bible when people lived lives that only worked when God pulled through and did something.
So my question for you today is this, If you are a Christian, are you living the kind of life that requires prayer? If not you might want to see if you are really living the “Christian Life”.