How strong is your Faith? More importantly, is your Faith growing stronger? This might be a helpful clue. How much time do you devote to prayer every day?
We are commanded to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. But do we? Of course not. It is impossible. However, Jesus tells us that if we seek God, we will find Him. So, how hard and how long are we seeking Him? If I am really striving to place God first and at the center of my life, then I should try to tithe 10% of my time each day to Him (2.4 hours). For me, the early morning hours from 3:00 to 5:30 am work best - no distractions, no interruptions.
Growing up, I remember these lyrics from a popular song; "To know, know, know Him is to love, love, love Him-and I do." God speaks to us through His Living Word, our Holy Bible. Prayer is simply speaking to God, communicating with Him. The more we love Him, the more time we want to spend with Him in prayer.
How good it is to know that because of God's kindness to us our prayers can touch heaven. Sometimes when we pray, we may struggle with words and feelings of inadequacy, but Jesus taught his followers that we "should always pray and not give up." (Luke 18:1) God's Word shows us that one of the reasons we can do this is that Jesus Himself "is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:34)
We never pray alone, because Jesus is praying for us. He hears us as we pray, and speaks to the Father on our behalf. We don't have to worry about the eloquence of our words, because no one understands us like Jesus. He helps us in every way, presenting our needs before God.
Jesus is the perfect prayer partner - the friend who intercedes for us with immeasurable kindness. His prayers for us are beautiful beyond words, and should encourage us to always pray with thankfulness.
And, there is even more help for us. "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us..." (Romans 8:26)
Imagine that! The Son and the Spirit help us as we pray. What great assurance that gives!
Do you struggle with your prayers? Knowing that divine help is available encourages us to keep praying - even when we aren't sure how.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for interceding for us with love. Help us to love and serve You with our prayers today.
Amen! (There is no greater privilege than praying with Jesus!)
-Mr. George Mayer