Believer, do you have the heart to pray? And not just a half-hearted, quick prayer but a serious, steadfast, prayer with eagerness? We must remember one crucial component of prayer: we are talking to not only the God of the universe, but also to our Heavenly Father.
It is not a matter of time so much as a matter of heart; if you have the heart to pray, you will find the time. (Charles Spurgeon)
As I got home from work one evening I realized I had not prayed much that day. I simply hadn’t made it a priority to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Other things were at the forefront of my mind and talking to God was pushed to the back burner.
Sometimes it’s neglect; other times I simply don’t have the focus. Either way, it’s not made a priority. It’s not that we don’t have time, but that we don’t have the heart.
Prayer should be as second nature as breathing. When we’re faithfully following the Lord, the command to “pray without ceasing” should be at the forefront of our minds, not the back.
We need to make prayer a priority.
You Have Time
Each morning I wake up at 5:30 a.m. I do this in order to get my mind right for the day. The first thing I do after I make my obligatory coffee is pray. And what I pray for varies—it’s simply what is on my mind. But I pray. Then I read.
I don’t get up that early because I’m a morning person. It’s not that natural for me to be up that early even having done so for more than a year. I enjoy the peace and quiet but I’m still groggy for a while.