Why prayer should be a priority

May 19, 2020

How many times have you heard or maybe even said, “There is nothing else to do but pray”? In reality, shouldn’t it be the first thing we do?

A couple of days ago, I was putting some new books on my shelf. I turned my back for a second, and the books started falling like dominos. That’s when I realized I had forgotten to put the bookend back.

How often do we do the same thing? We treat prayer like a forgotten bookend by beginning or ending with prayer, but find we are way too distracted in between to spend quality time with God.

When I went through cancer, one of the most humbling things was having to depend on others. But as children of God, we are totally dependent on Him for our justification, our sanctification, our glorification and every single breath we take.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

When we spend little time with God, we are implying, “I can handle things.” But when we talk to God in the name of our Lord Jesus, the door to the very throne of God is opened.

When you pray, your conversation with God should be filled with passion both for Him and for:

• Those in your groups.
• Those who are lost.
• Your family and friends.
• God to show you how to move from isolation to innovation amid a pandemic.
• God to reveal ways you can serve those who have needs.

Never stop praying. We should always delight in spending time conversing with our Father.

Take time to teach those in your Sunday School class or small group how to pray as part of your discipleship.

by Rick Hughes  Sunday School and Small Groups  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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