Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Prayerfulness is the Heart of Your Relationship with God
We are not promised tomorrow. We are arrogant to conclude we are.
Every heartbeat is provided by God in his love and mercy towatrd us.
As you begin a new year, and live in the now, the moment by moment walk through eternity your relationship with God is vital to your life.
Our rebellious hearts can always find something in our lives more important than the intentional energy we must muster to abide in God through prayer and humility.
Today the god of this world is aided in his quest to destroy our lives by culture.
Most of us are so over committed and burned out we barely can do what we need to do.
There is much in life that is out of our control yet there is much that is as well.
Life seems short because we waste so much of it in sin and foolish living. Born sinners, borne rebells we often spend much of our lives before we realize that God must be at the center or we will self-destruct in sin.
Realizing and then committing to prayerfullness instead of prayerlessness is a major step in becoming Christ-like while in this earthly life.
The Sin of Prayerlessness
It is through God's promises in scripture and in reality that we live that we may pray and honor our creator.
Joshua 1:5 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
For David it was God's promises that gave him strength to pray.
2 Samuel 7:27 7 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
When we pray we ask God to do what He has promised to do.
God's promises to us motivate our prayer.
In prayer we are in effect saying we are confident in what God has promised.
When we are habitually negligent in prayer, we are saying to God we do not trust what He has promised.
Our prayers, our relationship with God aligns us with His Holy Word and all He says within it.
Prayerlessness shows our lack of love for God and the people around us.
God Commands Us to Pray
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
The New Testament provides the strength to follow God's commands through the Gospel.
The reality is right now many Christians know very little about the Gospel and our Lord Christ Jesus.
If you and I do not understand that at the Cross God made us His people through the death of His son, then we neglect the gift of prayer and become deaf to God's calling in our lives.
To Live a Christian Life Requires Constant Prayer
The sad reality of many Christians in America is that they give God and prayer lip service but do not speak to Him privately in their hearts on a daily basis.
More commands and encouragements to pray will not heal our prayerlessness, what is required is the Gospel which exposes our pride and lack of dependence on God.
Christ died so that as our representative before God the Father our prayers will be heard.
Hebrews 7:25 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Our prayerlessness is a sin before God yet we cannot depend on our prayerfullness for we are weak and sinful. The cross is our only means of merit before God the Father.
The cross makes us humble and dependent.
So as we enter the new year be intentional in your prayers and do not neglect to name your sins before God and repent of your sinful thinking and behavior.
Let the Cross of Christ kill your pride and make you humble before Him, not boasting in your prayers but affirming your total dependence upon God!