Making Prayer a Priority

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

In today’s passage, we are told to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), but what does that mean? While God doesn’t expect us to go through life muttering prayers under our breath, we are called to be ever mindful of Him and quick to offer our petitions, praise, and gratitude throughout the day. And this will become a reality only when we make prayer a daily priority by setting aside time to be alone with the Lord, reading His Word and talking to Him.

The purpose isn’t simply to bring Him a list of requests before quickly heading out the door. Any good relationship requires time and two-way communication. The goal is to have a conversation with God as we read His Word and respond in prayer. When this becomes a habit, our thoughts will more quickly and regularly turn to God in dependence, thankfulness, and worship.

If you are struggling to be more consistent in prayer, ask the Lord for His help. Realize, however, that a habit of prayer will also require diligence on your part. You may have to get up earlier, but any sacrifice will be worth the effort because the outcome will be an intimate, satisfying relationship with your loving heavenly Father.

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