praying continually

29 01 2009

The other day I was thinking about the Scripture verse that tells us to “pray continually“.  Obviously we can’t have quiet-time with God all day, because we have to work and do the day-to-day things that are required in this life.  But we can talk to God throughout the day.

Some examples I’ve thought of are to pray for wisdom when facing a situation where we’re not sure to do, whether at work or in a discussion with someone.  We can also pray for someone to have an encounter with God, that He would setup such a time, whether using us or someone else.  We can look around at God’s creation, giving thanks for all the wonderful things He has made.  (That would do us good in multiple ways, I think.  Sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of life and need to slow down and enjoy it.)  And of course another area we can pray about is if our behavior gets out of line or we start feeling tempted in some way.  That’s when we really need to be praying.  We don’t have to wait until our regularly scheduled quiet time with God to pray.

Keep in mind that prayer is conversation with God.  Prayer doesn’t mean just asking for things, although that’s part of it.  God wants to hear about whatever is on your mind.  Talk to Him about how you feel, what your dreams are, what you experience throughout the day, etc.

So my question to you is how often do you pray throughout the day?  I don’t expect you to answer that publicly, but think about it.  Try to be more conscious of God throughout the day.  He’s always listening, and He always wants to talk with us.  It makes a huge difference in your life when you’re praying throughout the day.  It makes you closer to God, and you stay more focused on His will, and you start to see life differently.

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