“Be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12 ESV).
When you bring up prayer or suggest prayer, there’s lots of talk about prayer. People will talk about prayer, perhaps brag about their prayers, but not actually be IN prayer. An observation about many prayer gatherings is that there is way more sharing of prayer requests than there is praying about prayer requests. Oh, look at the time, we’d better pray….
“Be constant in prayer.” This doesn’t mean we are praying 24/7. It means that as I’m thinking about other things and doing other things, my heart is in a state of God-awareness that easily slips into prayer throughout the day. Little prayers sometimes: God help me with this appointment. God, give me strength as I feel weak. God, I love you, etc. There are longer conversations at other times.
Perhaps the best example of how this works is a smartphone addiction. How long do we go without checking our phones? Not long. In fact, so constantly that many of us are accurately described as being “constantly” on our phones. Constantly aware of our phones. What does that look like? Lots of little communications and texts sent throughout the day. I have a niece whose dad checked, and she was sending 15,000 texts a month. That’s pretty constant. Sometimes it’s a longer phone conversation. Life requires us to do other things, but the phone remains in the back of our minds; there may be some communication needed, I’ll check.
That’s an unhealthy relationship with my phone, but it illustrates a healthy relationship with my Father. Yes, do other things as life requires. Give your attention to your job, family, driving, life stuff. But in my heart throughout the day, there’s an awareness that I may need to check in, communicate, have little and long conversations with my Father. As we are constant in prayer, God provides resources to rejoice in hope and be patient in tribulation. So, church, let’s grow in this discipline and allow this message’s emphasis on prayer to mark our spiritual lives by this, “Be constant in prayer.”
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