Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
I have always found the idea of continued ongoing prayer fascinating. There are “prayer warriors,” people given to prayer. Scripture indicates there’s a spiritual potency in that, especially when God’s people do it together. But also with individuals who had a special calling or closeness to God. I once heard of a monastery which basically is devoted to prayer. Those involved pray for the world: for nations, for the church, etc.
It seems to me that given my life circumstances and what I see around me, God is calling me to a life of prayer. I’m not sure exactly what that looks like given my busy enough schedule. Lots of dead ends in life and other activities which can fill up one’s time cram my day along with what I have to do. So I’ve decided to step back and try to learn and step into a life of prayer.
When it comes to prayer, I think God has helped me come a long way. But I also know that I have a long way to go. All too often I can be relatively prayerless, or seem to be running on empty when it comes to prayer. I’ve heard it said that when praying seems most difficult, we should pray all the more. I find it all too easy not to pray at all, or at the most, very little. There are rare times when I feel like praying, when it seems so evident that the Spirit is giving me the push, desire, and love to pray. So I try to really take advantage of that in prayer for others and about ongoing concerns. But by and large day after day I have to plod along in what can seem to be mundane prayer, though by faith I know better. I believe in praying when it seems empty. Yet I long to grow in my prayer life.
So along with being in the word throughout the day, I want to be in prayer. Devoted to prayer, as the above text tells us. Watching for God’s answers and moving, and expressing thanks for such. In and through Jesus.