Plugged Into Jesus
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father.” Ephesians 3:14
Where do you like to pray? Some of us pray first thing in the morning or at the end of the day before we go to sleep. Many of us pray before meals. And I think we all pray when horrible things happen to us or our loved ones. Prayer is one of the most important actions of a life of faith. Prayer centers us and connects us with God. If we seek to be plugged into what God is doing among us, we must make prayer a priority.
In college, I was taught by a preacher to pray in a certain way at the beginning and at the end of the day. At the beginning of the day, I would pray that God would fill me with the Holy Spirit and use me in some way for the Lord or help me through a challenge I knew I would face that day. At the end of the day, I used prayer as a time to reflect on the events of the day and to see where I met God’s expectations or where I fell short. It wasn’t a time to beat myself up. But it was a time of reflection and encouragement to do better tomorrow. By doing this, my faith grew immensely and I began to put God first in the way I went about my day.
Prayer needs to be a part of our daily routine. However, do not fret if your prayer life has suffered. Start a new routine today. Take advantage of “down time” when you are driving (eyes open!) or waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting at home (turn the TV off for a few minutes). Have insomnia? Take that time to talk with God! You may even fall back asleep in the arms of the Lord. No matter our routines, we need to make prayer a priority so we can stay plugged into the source of our life and faith. And after you read this, take time to pray! Do it. Now! I know you can do it!