“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessolanians 5:16-18
One of the reasons why we pray and fast every start of the year is for us to earnestly seek the will of God. We don’t just want a simple list of faith goals; we want goals aligned with the will of God because we know that the will of God is good, pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2). We fast for us to be more sensitive of the Holy Spirit which leads us to the wisdom and will of God.
One of God’s will which He lays to us clearly in the scriptures is praying continually. For a certain stretch you may not be leading a small group or you may not be involved in a ministry but one thing that you should do continually and that God clearly wills for you to do is praying.
We must take prayer as plainly as God lays it down for us. Prayer is simply talking to God. There’s no requirement on how long it should take and on how many Hallelujahs it should contain. There’s no criteria to determine whether or not God will hear it. You know why? Because God is not after the ritual, He’s after the intimacy prayer brings about. Sharing your deepest thoughts and feelings with someone produces intimacy and that’s what God wants in the relationship we have with Him. Our God is a relational God.
Let’s not forget that God’s will for us this 2013 isn’t just answered prayers but praying in itself. As a good Father, God does not want to give you your allowance for the week or for the year, He wants to sit down and talk to you, He longs for intimacy with you. Let this be a year of deeper intimacy with God as we pray continually. 🙂