Is prayer a special part of your day? Do you protect and cherish that time, or do you just go through the motions so you can check it off your to-do list? Is prayer an obligation or a necessity for you? Have you made it a ritual, or is it about the relationship?
Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount:
“Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God… Prayer is the ultimate test of a man’s true spiritual condition. There is nothing that tells the truth about Christians as much as our prayer life.”
What does your prayer life say about your spiritual condition?
To be honest, I would guess most of us struggle with prayer from time to time. I do. The busyness of life sometimes crowds out time alone with God in prayer. And when we do pray, we often tend to bring Him our grocery list of things we want, and then rush off to those things waiting for our attention.
For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual we go through out of a sense of obligation. But God wants a relationship.
I recently did a heart inventory on my prayer life, and I encourage you to do the same. Take some time this week and ask yourself these questions about your prayer life.
- Am I praying with pure motives or wrong motives?
- Am I praying for God’s will to be done or my will to be done?
- Am I praying for something that would glorify Him or that would glorify me?
- Am I confessing any sinful attitudes that would hinder my prayers?
- Is my prayer life a ritual or a relationship? An obligation or a necessity?
What have you found to be helpful in keeping prayer as a vital part of your spiritual life?