|Today’s Scripture: Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18|
|Aren’t you glad that we have a God that we can bring our problems to? Even more amazing is the fact that He’s always available to us. He is always able to hear our prayers-we don’t have to pray a certain direction, at a certain time, or hope He isn’t sleeping. He isn’t limited to only a certain number of prayers that He can answer, and He can hear every single prayer at once. He will hear our prayers.
We are commanded in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.” That doesn’t mean that we have to spend every moment of every day on our knees. It means we need to be in constant communication with our Heavenly Father. We need to realize that in every circumstance we should be dependent on Him. We don’t have all the answers, so we need to live relying on the One Who does.
Our prayer life should be such a vital part of our lives. Because God isn’t limited, we can bring everything before Him. We don’t have to only pray about the big things; we can bring every little problem to Him. As Christians, we should be so into prayer that if we stop praying, it would be equal to how our body would feel if our heart stopped. We need to realize that prayer is that important to our spiritual condition.
The problem is that we start out so excited when we first get saved, but after years of being saved and bringing our prayers to God, we take it for granted. We need to remember the incredible blessing that prayer is-we are able to enter the throne room of God and ask for His help in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
Our prayers should be filled with thankfulness and praise to God for all that He has done. We cannot expect God’s blessing without being thankful. We need to thank God for our blessings; we need to thank God when others are blessed. We need to thank God for the adverse situations we face because God can use them in our lives. If we are in a state of prayer and our prayers are filled with praise and thankfulness, we will be able to give thanks in everything.
So what does it mean to PUSH God? We need to Pray Until Something Happens! Prayer works! We are told “ye have not, because ye ask not.” (James 4:2) There are certain things we could have, but we don’t because we don’t ask or because we stop asking. We are told in Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” We mustn’t give up. Though our prayers seem impossible, we have a God of the impossible.
We can’t give up when our answer doesn’t come immediately. We need to keep coming before Him with our requests until we have an answer. Don’t give up on the family member who has rejected the gospel or has fallen into sin. Our God is able. Keep praying and don’t faint! The day that your prayer gets answered just might be today.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder