Refocus is back this week where we are continuing to look at why we sometimes lose sight of our faith and the things we can do to restore it. Last time I talked about Dumping Distractions and how we should put aside the things that consume our lives and focus solely on God when we spend time with Him.
This week I want to talk about Prayer and when should we do it? how should we do it? why should we do it? Many questions but all with answers (I hope)!
Q1. When should we pray?
Answer: Pray Profusely, i.e. ALWAYS
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Prayer is not only an action, it is also an attitude. Yes, you read right! AN ATTITUDE. This attitude means that we are:
- In constant communication with the Holy Spirit
- Constantly asking God for His guidance
- Always praising God and giving thanks for His work in our lives.
Q2. How should we pray?
Let’s look at what Jesus said,
Luke 18: 9-14 (NIV)
“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
To me, this means that we are never “too good” for prayer. We should pray HUMBLY and not seek to exalt or praise ourselves in the eyes of God. We should pray knowing that everything we do comes from God.
Q3. Why should we pray?
Prayer is how we communicate with God. When we put time aside in our day to meditate on God and His word, we should also take the time to talk to Him.
We are a generation that loves our technological gadgets, we constantly text, tweet, Facebook, phone call, Skype, instagram… whatever you use! Is it really that hard to pray and talk to God??
- We don’t need a laptop, computer, phone, tablet, etc…
- It doesn’t cost us any money.
- The line is never busy; we never have to wait for God to be free to talk to us.
- God is always available 24/7.
The only things we need to give? our TIME and FOCUS.
Refocus on God and your relationship with Him by taking the time to PRAY… PROFUSELY!