April 24

When all else fails … pray. This is the motto for me, and I am afraid, for many of you who are reading this today. We exhaust all avenues of help and assistance, and if all that fails, we pray. The reality is that prayer is where the power is. Prayer is where the help lies. Prayer contains the potential answer for our problem. Today I was reminded that the key to living a successful Christian life is prayer. I know this is true; so why is it that I don’t pray more? Why is it that I don’t set aside time to pray more faithfully and fervently?

I believe that there are a great deal of enemies of prayer today. A busy schedule … important things that need to be done … entertainment distractions … even spiritual activities that are “good.” Today I read, “As for me, I will call upon God’ and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:16-17). Did you catch when David said he was going to pray? He mentioned that he would pray in the evening, in the morning, and at noon. In other words … anytime is a good time for prayer!

I have found it so refreshing to bow my head as I lay my head on the pillow and review the day with God. I begin by thanking Him for all that He did for me during that day, and then I lay the burdens on my heart at the feet of my God. When I wake in the morning, I go over the events of my day with God while I am making preparations for the day. Throughout the day, I am trying to develop a new habit. When someone asks me to pray, or I see a prayer request in an email, or on Facebook, or in a text, I stop what I am doing, and ask God at that very moment to work. I do that, not because I am spiritual, but because I am not, and I find that if I don’t do it then, I might forget.

Whatever works for you is what I recommend you do; however, I strongly recommend that we all begin to pray more often, and more intently. This world we are living in is showing the signs of evil that have been lurking under the surface for many years. We know that the devil controls this world’s system (for now), and that his influence is being seen more and more all around us. Knowing that, it is so vitally important that we access the power of God that is waiting us, as we drop to our knees in prayer. David knew that in his life, he needed the help of God. We need to come to that realization as well and spend some time; evening, and morning, and at noon … in prayer. God is not sleeping, and He is ready and willing to offer the help we need at the exact right time we need it! Ask for help!

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