Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pray Always Again

Last Wednesday I closed our evening prayer service with a challenge to pray on a more frequent basis. We should set aside specific times of prayer on a regular basis, but I was calling for us to live in a conscience state of prayer. Practically this means to pray before, after and even during all activities of life. For example, before you turn on the television pray, as the program continues pray, and when the program concludes pray.

The prayer may be like this, “Lord thank you for television.” Or, “lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.” The prayer may be, “You are an awesome God, this glorious world is just a shadow of your glory.”

The point of the matter is to incorporate prayer as a regular part of your life. There are a number of practical benefits to living life in constant prayer. Below are a few of the benefits that immediately thought of, and I am sure you could add more.

1. Obey God’s command to pray always (1 Thess. 5:17)

2. Protects you from sinful activity (Matt. 6:13)

3. Creates an awareness of God (Heb. 11:6)

4. Allows you to be thankful (1 Thess. 5:18)

5. Minimizes selfishness (Phil 2:3)

6. Helps to prioritize activities (Eph. 5:16)

7. Reminds you that all things should be done for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31)

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—" (Ephesians 6:18, NKJV)

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