I wrote a few weeks ago about the practice of prayer. Today, I want to expand on that concerning the priority of prayer.
Most, if not all of us consistently do what we prioritize in our lives. It doesn't matter what the circumstance, we make time for the things we love and live for.
Our Lord lived on this earth a little over thirty-three years. Not long by comparison to many today. However, during His days on earth He prioritized prayer.
Luke's gospel, chapter 6, verses 12-13 reveal His priority in life concerning the decisions before Him.
God's Word says, "Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles."
This was a BIG decision that Jesus made. One that would have a ripple effect on the history of mankind for the remaining days of history on earth.
Jesus prayed about the little and the large. He spent time with His heavenly Father because He loved His heavenly Father. Prayer was a priority because of love. For Jesus, prayer was never a 'have to' experience but rather a 'need to' exercise.
The same thing is true of you and me today. We prioritize and practice what we love and who we love.
Dr. Sam Greer, Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee writes the following--"Jesus called on His Father before He called on His disciples. Before you make the call on an important decision that will change your life or someone else's, call on God in prayer. You don't need to be afraid to make the call on a huge decision, but you better be afraid if you don't talk to God before you make the decision.
Make spending time with God a priority. You can always start small, but the important thing is to get started. We have all been given 604,800 seconds per week. Try setting aside 20 minutes for 5 days, which equates to 6,000 seconds, to pray and study God's Word. Six thousand seconds is less than one percent of your allotted seconds each week. Are you willing to spend less than one percent of your week praying and studying God's Word in order to impact the other ninety-nine percent of your time?"
There are many things that are 'worth' our time in this life and none more than time spent with God in prayer.
If you desire for life to go better, learn to pray more often. It may not change the consequences of the circumstances already set in motion, but it will change your outlook on it!
Regardless of whether you are facing a little or large decision this week, spend more time in prayer. You will have less time to be overwhelmed with worry.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
It's easy to read that or say that. It's easier to read that or say that after you have prayed!
Enduring faith is realized through the priority of prayer.
(ref. 'The Heart of Worship' devotional--pg. 188)