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February 09, 2018 | Mysti Jordan
We are well aware that as Christians, prayer should be a part of our daily lives. It's all through the Bible. Ephesians 6:18 says, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." Jeremiah 29:12 says, "Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." 1 John 5:14 reads, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He will hear us."
I could go on and on, but you get the point. Prayer is important. Prayer is essential to our lives. If you're anything like me, though, life can get busy and you find yourself pushing prayer to the back burner. It's go-go-go all day long, and prayer becomes an afterthought as you lay down to go to bed. You squeeze in a quick, "Pretty please and thank you," and then go to sleep without having spent any real time talking to God.
I don't know about you, but when my prayer life is lacking, I find that life itself is tougher to navigate. I am more susceptible to stress, I give in to my fears, and I feel uncertain about the direction my life is heading. But when I make time for God, when I truly communicate with Him, I feel renewed and optimistic. It fuels my desire to chase after Him with all of my heart.
Praying with my husband seems to intensify the effects of prayer. We are stronger. We are more in sync. We are more apt to place God at the center of our marriage. Prayer is necessary to the success of our family unit, and the same is true for you. If you'll find the time to join your spouse in prayer, to join your family in prayer, you'll be amazed at how God shows up in the midst of things.
I challenge you to make prayer the center of your family for a week, and see if you aren't immensely blessed!