Praying When Necessary?

Christians seem to live in two worlds: our walk with Christ & everyday life.two-planets

When we go to church (hopefully) we are told to set aside time for God, have a quiet time, read our Bibles…These are all great things! Yet our everyday life is saying go go go, gimme gimme gimme, do do do. How can we slow down our pace enough to have an adequate devotion, or be alone with God in silence for more than a couple minutes without feeling uncomfortable?

Time with God often seems like the next thing on our to-do list. Always on the go, how can we spend time with God when we’re like a customer rushing through drive thru. I know this is never our intention, but it ends up that way more often than not.

I don’t have enough time… I just can’t get into reading the Bible… I feel like I’m talking at a wall…

But Christ never used excuses for his personal walk with Christ. He controlled the outcome. Even amidst his crazy ministry schedule, he went up on the mountain to pray alone. He knew what he signed up for when he came to earth, and there was no indecision in his person. We have to ask ourselves if we are we half-on the Christian bus or are we all-in like Jesus?

luke9-23Christ preached about taking up our cross and following him. We have to ask ourselves what that looks like. That cross might look like your daily excuses for avoiding time with God. God’s saying to put it on the cross daily and pick it up.

Picking up your cross looks like praying when you don’t have to. It looks like communicating with God because you want a deeper relationship even when you don’t feel like putting forward the effort.

Is God a friend, father figure, task-master? Your prayer life might struggle because of how you view him. Hopefully one day I can truly view him as my God simply because He is who He says he is, and that He loves me despite my sin. “For God SO loved the world that He died for you and for me.” – John 3:16. He wants a deeper relationship with us, and is reaching out to us through prayer if we will only take the time.