just pray

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

For all sorts of reasons, we can be so inundated with life, both the good and the bad, and even everything in between, that we simply fail to pray. And given the sense of our own deficiency in praying, we may think it doesn’t matter.

If there’s one thing we need to hear as far as our practice goes as Christians, it’s this: Pray, pray, and keep praying. Yes, keep praying even the poor prayers that we pray: broken, weak, and halting, as they may and often will be. And when one feels like praying, do it all the more, take advantage of that. That is an indication that the Spirit is present in helping us pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18). But when we don’t feel like praying, we should also pray all the more. The Spirit helps us in our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray as we ought, we’re at a loss, but the Spirit takes our weakness and groans in this praying, and intercedes for us to God, according to God’s will (Romans 8:26-27).

There is never any shortage of things to pray for. Our call from God in Jesus is to be faithful in praying (Romans 12:12). Yes, there will be all sorts of reasons both conscious and unconscious as to why we don’t pray. That is perhaps in part why the quoted text above tells us that we’re to be devoted, to devote ourselves to prayer. Something I want to do more and more in whatever coming days I have left.

 

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