Devote Yourselves to Prayer
Whenever we are too busy to pray, we are indeed too busy for nothing. One of the principles of effective time management is prioritising things, doing important things first. This principle applies to prayer more than any other thing, because the most important thing for a Christian, is their relationship with God. The core of any good relationship begins with communication.
Prayer is communicating with God. It’s not all about you telling God what’s going on in your life. It’s more about you listening to what God has to say about things going on in your life. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those he loves (Psalms 123: 1-2 NIV).
How about spending a lifetime in vain? No, you really don’t want to live your life toiling for nothing. Prayer is working smarter and getting effective results. Prayer glorifies God, it helps us to find God’s will and accomplish it. Prayer empowers us to be effective. Pray helps us to run the race that is set before us. Prayer provides for our needs, it gives access to God’s mercy and empowers us with grace to forgive others. Prayer assists us to overcome temptations, it strengthens us to go through sufferings and it delivers us from the evil one. Prayer helps us to rejoice in hope and to express our gratitude in thanksgiving. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12 ESV).
Prayer is power because in prayer, we connect with God, what an awesome privilege. However, prayer requires devotion, you need to set aside time for prayer. It has to take priority over everything else in your life. Jesus prayed at all times, prayer preceded everything Jesus did in His life and ministry. He woke up early in the morning to pray, at times, he sacrifices his sleep to pray. He went away from the crowd to pray. Our life has to be modelled after Jesus Christ, if we want to truly follow Him. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2 NIV).
Above everything else, prayer makes you wiser. The more you pray the better your life will be. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5 NIV).