April 29, 2020
Pray! Pray! Pray!
“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1
I guess there has been more prayers put before God in the past six weeks that He has heard in a long time. We are praying for our family, friends and neighbors and asking God to take this deadly virus away. We are praying for our heath care workers and all those connected to hospitals and doctor’s offices. We are praying for civil servants; policemen, firemen, paramedics, support personal. We are praying for teachers and students and all educators as they navigate a new normal in their lives. We are even praying that the government will hurry up and lift these guidelines so we can come back to the church sanctuary and worship together.
Now don’t get me wrong it is good to know that so many people are praying, but what about when all of this gets back to a reasonably normal picture? Do we all of a sudden stop praying? We all got serious during 911, but how long did that last? Jesus tells a parable to show us that we should “always pray and not give up.”
Have you ever noticed how people get serious with prayer when things get out of control? Have you ever gotten more serious with God when things happened in your life and you had lost control? I guess we all have at one time or another. Yet here is Jesus telling us to “always” pray. Paul said, “Pray without ceasing.” Do you have a mindset of prayer? As I sit quietly I ask God to hear my thoughts as if I am crying out to Him. I don’t want a moment to go by when I am not in communication with Him. When I’m talking to someone I want Jesus listening so that I will always be kind and loving.
Yet with all of that there is a time when I need to just concentrate of Him. A time when He knows that there is no one else important, but Him. When He knows that my every thought and action is directed to Him and Him alone. Sometimes it takes me a little while to clear my conscience and just listen. Allow the Spirit of God to communicate with me and lead my mind. Allow Him to direct my words and thoughts. With all of your time why not take time to Pray!
Dear Jesus, thanks for listening and being there always. Help me to focus on you in my everyday life and to spend quality time with you. In Jesus name, Amen.