I am reminded of a line from one of my favourite gospel songs, “I choose my priorities and Jesus- you’re my number one”.
In our busy world, almost everyone is occupied doing one thing or another, and very easily, our priorities can go out-of-place. Some of us struggle to spend time with our family and friends and put work and other responsibilities ahead of what matters most.
Amidst the hustle of everyday life, when do you make time for prayer? Think about it- are you too busy to pray? Then maybe you have become too busy for God.
God is not a boss that will pressure us to pray as a task, nor does he give us deadlines to read the Bible.
He doesn’t deduct from our blessings for not attending church on Sundays, nor does he fire us for not evangelizing His Word.
He does expect for us, as believers, to communicate with Him, to take heed to His voice and make room for Him in our lives through prayer. Though at the time we may get busy and put our faith on the side-line, God remains faithful, and prayer must be a priority to stay connected to His faithfulness.
Through prayer, we can constantly renew our faith. We can stand strong on the promises of God, knowing that through Him, all things are possible.
Here are five ways to help you remember to pray:
1. Set daily reminders: This could a sticky note on your office desk, or a memo set on your phone to remind you to pray daily at specific times.
2. Get a prayer partner: Pray with a friend who has the same zeal for prayer as you. Ask God for someone who knows you and you can trust to pray for you and with you.
3. Memorize a Bible verse: Challenge yourself to memorize a Bible verse and as you go through your day, and every time you recite the verse, remember to pray.
4. Develop a heart of gratitude: Be grateful from the moment you wake up, remembering to thank God for the night before, and the new day and everything it entails. Thank God and pray.
5. Watch ‘Prayer Today’: Learn more about the importance of prayer from Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams every morning on Dominion Television or the Dominion TV mobile app. His practical lessons on the tenets of prayer will enrich your prayer life.
Be encouraged to adopt these habits into your daily routine. We should never be too busy for God, and through prayer, be inspired to live an abundant life as God promised to those who follow Him.
‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.’ Romans 12:12 (NIV)