“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” — Eph. 6:18
In a recent Peanuts cartoon, Snoopy was pondering to himself, “I know I have a red food dish. . . . I know I have a yellow water bowl. . . . But what is a new year?”
That is a good question. What exactly is the big deal about a new year? I think the new year is like a reset button. An opportunity to forget what is past and press forward to what is ahead. Many take this opportunity to make resolutions, commitments, or goals for the new year. How about you? Have you made any goals? Have you made any spiritual goals?
One goal that I made was in the area of my prayer life. I never have met anyone who has said that they pray enough. Even those who have the most robust of prayer lives say they need to pray more. So this is probably an area of improvement that is needed for most of us.
After reading Ephesians 6:18, I came away with the thought that I must pray. I must pray at all times, with all prayer, in all perseverance, for all the saints. Another translation for “watching thereunto” could be “keep alert” or “in this be not lazy.” What a charge!
How often are we lazy about our prayer time? We allow things to crowd out prayer. We often times have a natural apathy and neglect about prayer. How seldom we pray things through.
Note only have individual Christians neglected prayer, but so have churches. What has happened to the prayer meeting? On one recent vacation, my wife and I attended a Wednesday evening church service. It happened to be no different than a Sunday service, except there was an added prayer time. After the song service, announcements, greeting and offering, the Pastor announced that we were to split up into twos and pray for ten minutes. After the ten minutes we regrouped and sang a hymn – “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” What irony?
How often have we missed the blessing of God because we do not pray. “Ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2)
So this year, I hope to improve my prayer life, and to have a concentrated effort of prayer in our church. Furthermore, prayer shouldn’t be important because of the answers to prayers that we may receive, but because we get to come into the presence of the King of kings and fellowship and commune with Him – our Lord and our Savior.