Don't cease to pray

The world seems to be in commotion. There are wars and rumors of wars. The economies of whole continents are failing. As our world gets brighter, louder, and busier, we have a greater challenge feeling the Spirit in our lives.

And the people in difficulties have flooded heaven with prayers. In public and in private, they are petitioning God for help, for comfort, and for direction.

Such a turning to fervent prayer when the world seems out of joint is as old as mankind. In times of tragedy and danger, people turn to God in prayer.

Sadly, dependence on God can fade quickly when prayers are answered. And when the trouble lessens, so do the prayers.

A little prosperity and peace, or even a turn slightly for the better, can bring us feelings of self-sufficiency. We can start believing that we are in control of our lives, that the change for the better is our own doing, not that of a God who communicates to us through the still, small voice of the Spirit. Pride creates a noise within us which makes the quiet voice of the Spirit hard to hear.

Sometimes we don't cease to pray, but our prayers are more repetitive, more mechanical, lacking real intent.

Our hearts can only be drawn out to God when they are filled with love for Him and trust in His goodness.

The more we identify and embrace our dependence on God the more we come to Him for help through prayer.

Those commands do not require using many words. In fact, the Saviour has told us that we need not multiply words when we pray. The diligence in prayer which God requires does not take flowery speech nor long hours of solitude.

What to do: 

During the course of the day, we keep a prayer in our heart for continued assistance and guidance.

At the end of our day, report back to our Father. Review the events of the day and express heartfelt thanks for the blessings and the help you have received.

I can testify that God the Father lives. He loves us. He hears our prayers, and He answers with what is best for us.