This one seems obvious but how often we forget it.
We have access to a holy, mighty, loving, gracious God. Yet so often we find ourselves letting prayer fall by the wayside. The Christian faith in following Jesus has become less of a faithful relationship and more like marching orders. There is no love. There is no connection. There is no real communion with God. Just a set of rules and expectations to abide by. We’re in a generation that’s lost the love of just speaking with God.
Prayer isn’t about getting what we want, and it’s not about getting God to do things our way. Prayer isn’t about complaining, and it’s not even about getting answers. Prayer is, most importantly, about me connecting, re-aligning with what God is doing in me. It’s getting myself back on course with Him and His will. Those other things can someone be a part of prayer. The Bible tells us to make our requests known, rejoice, mourn, and sing in our prayers to him. Yet all these things come back to us getting into sync with what God is doing.
When temptation comes knocking, pray. Ask God to help you find strength, to move towards his will and his direction for your life. Replace the desire for things that you don’t need with things that will draw you deeper in him.
“No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.” E.M. Bounds