Pray without ceasing.—1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is a fundamental discipline that we need to learn to build into the daily pattern of our lives. Prayer is merely talking with God. For newer Christians, talking to an unseen God is unusual. And it's unusual because when we are having a conversation, there is usually someone physically standing in front of us that talks back. Prayer does not exactly work like this. But the small hurdle of learning to talk with an unseen God is not the central issue we have with practicing the discipline of prayer. The central issue is all the other pressing issues that keep us from this critical activity. Daily we face demands that compete for our time. Because of this, we go days, weeks, and even months devoid of prayer, trusting only in human effort rather than also trusting in God through prayer. This can leave us feeling physically exhausted and spiritually depleted. Fight the urge to do this again today.
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