So simple, yet so hard
Prayer. Why is it that one of the most enriching parts of our relationship with Christ, is also often the hardest? The sermon we listened to at Visalia SDA Church this past Sabbath was about that very topic. Prayer. Is prayer really one of the hardest parts of a spiritual life?
Well, Pr. Chad shared that the average person spends 5 minutes in prayer.... a week! Isn't that terrible! Prayer. Communion with our Saviour and friend. Our life line. Yet, where is this prioritised in the busyness of our lives?
The sermon concentrated on the scripture in Mark 1:35...
"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed." (ESV)
So simple, but the lessons within are ones that will enrich our relationship with God:
1. Time set aside to pray in the morning. Why the morning? - Matthew 6:34: EVERY day has challenges, we should start with Jesus so we can meet each challenge with Jesus. - Matthew 6:33: It makes sure that we prioritise Jesus as first in our lives.
"If God isn't our priority each new day than how can He be our priority in our lives?"
2. A quiet solitary place. A place is needed that creates alone time between us and God. Give Jesus all of our focus. Not just some. In imitating Christ, we can see in the Bible that He also often was found to have gone away by Himself to pray.
I greatly appreciated the practical reminder of a part of our spiritual lives that is so simple in theory, yet unfortunately the Devil can tempt us away from it by the 'busyness' of life. Then before we know it we are struggling with our own habit!
Prayer. It's important. It will transform every aspect of our lives.