~ Prayer Text for Today is Matthew 14:22-23 ~
As a new year is nearly upon us, you may be making some new prayer resolutions. You won’t be alone. Along with decisions to read through the Scriptures and rid ourselves of ugly habits many will be declaring their need to pray more consistently.
You probably know already that it won’t happen naturally. If prayer happened naturally and easily we would all be prayer warriors in a forceful army of God! But the truth is you will have to fight to make it happen. You’ll fight outward forces and inward urges. I can’t understand why there is resistance to prayer even within ourselves.
Making a habit of a consistent prayer time is one of the most difficult wars you will wage in your spiritual life. The very armor of God is necessary to allow us to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-20). That’s why we feel powerless at times in our prayers – we are trying to fight without deflective attire that will keep the attacks of the Evil One at bay.
Even Jesus had to make the time to pray, and He never excused Himself because of busyness.
In our prayer text for today Jesus is mourning his friend John the Baptist, just beheaded by the wicked Herod. His grieving time alone is interrupted by thousands of people who want to see Him. Instead of getting away from them He feeds them. Once He has met their needs his heart is still aching for some time alone with His Father. He sends the disciples away and dismisses the thousands who had gathered.
After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.
Yes, Jesus had to battle all kinds of circumstances to spend this time with His Father. Let’s be honest … how easily are we dissuaded from our prayer times? I’m too ashamed to be honest about it with you. But I’m also convicted.
We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.” ~ Oswald Chambers
Consider today the time you are willing to devote to One who loves you so much. He who holds the universe in sync gracefully waits while you try to clear out some time for Him. Let’s pray about spending more time in prayer.