My Prayer May Not Always “Look” The Same
The last few days have been very demanding, and I am exhausted. But my exhaustion is not an excuse to skip prayer. Times like theses are reminders that I should pray in all seasons and at all times. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to, “Never stop praying!” I should not base my consistency in prayer on my feelings but on the realization that I need to daily commune with God-even when I do not feel like it. My prayer may not “look” the same every day. Some days, I may not speak any words because I feel so overwhelmed and all I can do is sit in His presence and cry. While there are no words, I believe my willingness to bring my tears before God is a prayer He accepts. Some days I may just have to whisper my prayer and lift my heart to God because that is all I have the strength to do. Other days my prayer may take on a more demonstrative and robust form. Some days I may pray longer than others because my schedule allows for it and I feel God leading me in that direction. But it is not about how long and hard we can pray, but more about the sincerity of our hearts when we go before God. He understands the seasons and days we are in, and wants us to come to Him regardless of how we are feeling. It is easy for us to skip prayer because we feel like we cannot “perform” at the same level we did the previous day. These expectations are self imposed and not from God. If we have fallen into this trap, I pray we will get the revelation that prayer is not a performance but more about daily pursuing intimacy with our heavenly Father-regardless of the day we are having.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.