|I Can Pray Consistently
By Greg Sanders
Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
The practice of being consistent is key to just about any change you want to make in your life. Most reasonable people would not expect to be able to win the Iron Man competition after visiting the gym one time. You don’t expect to hit your goal weight on your diet on the first date, and you certainly don’t expect to save enough for retirement after making only one deposit. When it comes to what we eat, how we live, and how we save, we see the importance of consistency. The question is: Do we see the role consistency plays when it comes to prayer? Here are three reasons you should pray with consistency.
1. Jesus said prayer should be part of His disciple’s life.
Jesus said, “This is how you should pray.” Jesus is showing that prayer was not an option, but rather something that His followers should engage in consistently. Every day we are working to build someone’s kingdom. We are working to build our own kingdom of we are participating in God’s Kingdom. Prayer is the activity of welcoming and recognizing His Kingdom authority over all the kingdoms of this world.
2. Each day is an opportunity to connect to the will of God.
Your consistent prayer is directly tied to His will being done in and through your life. Prayer is the channel of your surrendering today’s activity to His priority. It is impossible to successfully accomplish His will without receiving His input into your life.
3. Prayer is how you recognize His presence in your life.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to, “Pray without ceasing.” That sounds like consistency to me, how about you? The fact that the Word of God commands you to pray without ceasing means that you can pray without ceasing. God never commands you to do something that He does not empower you to do. Therefore, your whole day is an opportunity to recognize and respond to His Spirit leading and speaking to your life. You don’t have to spend all day in a special posture of prayer. The key is that your heart is open to God and you are leaning on His direction and care.
Today’s Challenge: Realize that prayer is a privilege that must be practiced with priority. Your consistency in prayer will directly relate to your ability to hear and carry out the will of God for your life. Let your day be a day filled with prayer.