It seems like we Christians do the same with our faith. Things like church attendance or abstinence from various vices are of great importance to our spiritual life. While other things, like fasting or daily scripture reading, tend to fall to the wayside as being inconsequential.
Probably the most notable example of this, that I've noticed, is the habit of prayer. Most Christians say prayer is important, and probably send up a couple requests or thanks each day. But that's not what I'm talking about. I mean the habit of devotion, true dialogue and communication with God.
The routine of pouring out one's heart before the Lord, or a habit of dwelling and communing with Christ, that has become shockingly uncommon among professing Christians. Somehow the practice of continual intercession and devotion to the Lord has slipped it's way onto the inconsequential list! As if our faith can survive without it!
How deceived we are! Prayer is so necessary. To even think that a life saturated in prayer is remotely comparable to a life that only dabbles in it, it's so far from the truth! It's black and white, night and day. The result of prayerlessness is weighty and obvious, while the reward of a life spent in prayer is equally as obvious and significant. Both have great impact on the life of a believer, neither should be disregarded as trivial.
The power of prayer and of prayerlessness are equally great, and greatly underestimated. Both of these opposing habits have an enormous and substantial influence on the life and outcome of believers today. Neither habit is without great consequence.
Consider this: Scripture commands us to pray (I Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6-7).
If prayer is a command, then prayerlessness is breaking the command. If prayer is obedience, then prayerlessness is disobedience; making prayer right and prayerlessness wrong. Prayer would then be aligning myself with the will of God, while prayerlessness would be rebelling against it. If prayer is the will of God for me, then wouldn't that make prayerlessness is the will of Satan for me?
It makes sense to me! Just like water, being God's will for you, brings life. So being parched, Satan's desire for me, eventually brings death. Think of it!
Prayer acknowledges need. Prayerlessness ignores need.
Prayer is humble, asking for help. Prayerlessness is proud, refusing help.
Prayer looks to God. Prayerlessness looks away from God.
Prayer is dependence on God. Prayerlessness is dependence on self.
Prayer is energizing. Prayerlessness is draining.
Prayer is empowering and life-giving. Prayerlessness is powerless and deadening.
Prayer brings momentum. Prayerlessness brings us to a halt.
Prayer is action. Prayerlessness is passivity.
Prayer makes us aggressive and strong. Prayerlessness makes us timid and weak.
Prayer propels us forward. Prayerlessness pushes us backward.
It's mind-blowing to think that I ever thought the choice to pray or not to pray was irrelevant or nonessential! When it, in all reality, makes all the difference in the world!
Just like a week without water would be detrimental, so it is of prayer. It is the difference between life and death; between success and failure, triumph and defeat! It cannot be glossed over or shrugged off! Don't make the mistake to disregard it as a minor or petty element of everyday life.
Prayer is as trivial as water! The presence of water is life. The absence of water is death. And it doesn't take long for either choice to makes it's impact.
Prayer belongs on your highest priority list, your "Most Vital & Absolutely Essential for Survival" list! It's presence will be your salvation. It's lack will be your ruin.
Psalm 42:1 "As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God."
Let's draw near and drink deep today!