The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 4:17), that our whole lives ought to be characterized by an attitude of prayer. In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, we’re able to read a number of Jeremiah’s conversations with God. Jeremiah 15 is a good example. Reading Jeremiah’s prayers, one can’t help but think that overhearing someone’s honest, confessional, searching prayers might be the best way to really get to know someone. What are their priorities? How do they understand their relationship with God? Where are they struggling? What relationships are important to them?
What do your prayers say about you? What would people learn about you if they were to overhear your conversations with God? Last Sunday our Bible study groups became CovenantGroups by signing covenants together and making certain commitments to one another. The first commitment was to pray every day for our church and for your CovenantGroups. If daily prayer isn’t a regular part of your life, take this opportunity to develop a new habit.
When you pray, be honest with God and with yourself. Pray for God’s grace to help you where you struggle. Celebrate with God where things are good. Pray for your family and friends. Pray for those who are lost in this world. Pray for those who are discouraged. Pray that God will renew a right spirit inside each of us. And, yes, remember to pray for our church and for your CovenantGroups. Don’t just talk; take the time to listen for God’s voice. Ask God to bring a stillness to your soul that allows God’s presence to shine in you. Through consistent prayer, come to understand in a new way the power of conversing with God.
After Paul’s admonition to pray without ceasing, he offered the Thessalonians this blessing:
“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.” -1 Thessalonians 5:23
May it be so.