December 31 Daily Prophetic Word of God
Rachel Dawson | Editor, BibleStudyTools.com | Thursday, December 15, 2016
Sometimes, I just don’t want to pray.
There, I admitted it. I was raised in a Christian home, I accepted Jesus at a young age, and I’ve never strayed far from my faith or my church, but there still are many days I just don’t want to pray and many days that I never pray a word.
Sometimes, it’s because I feel ashamed of sin in my life, or because God feels distant. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like I have anything to say, or I don’t really want to address what’s going on in my life and talk to God about it. Other times, it’s because I get too caught up in all the busyness of my life, and I forget to prioritize prayer.
When my prayer life is lacking, it can be so easy to feel extremely guilty. It can be hard to start praying again once I’ve fallen out of practice.
I know the Bible talks often about the importance of prayer, and I know how often I fail to follow through on living up to what Scripture commands of me as a believer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray continually” and Philippians 4:6 advises “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Mark Jones asks an important question in his article “What If I Don’t Want to Pray?” for Desiring God: “How can we reignite our prayer lives in a way to bring back the consistency that we all desire while we struggle on earth?”
We are never too far gone to come back to our Heavenly Father, and even if it’s been days, weeks, months, or years since we last prayed, we can always begin a new conversation with him today without guilt, fear, or shame.
Here are five tips that will help us get back on track in our prayer lives:
The more we pray, the easier it is to pray more. We need not be intimidated by the Bible’s advice to pray constantly, but we can be encouraged as we read throughout Scripture how powerful prayer is in our walk with the Lord. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” We can always return to the Lord in prayer, and he will always welcome us back into the conversation with open arms.
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“Muhammad called the number on the screen. ‘I need to meet with you,’ he told Peter*, one of Leading The Way‘s follow-up team leaders,” according to the ministry.
For security purposes, Leading The Way is strategic about vetting callers before meeting with them in person. But follow-up team leader Peter discerned God’s voice urging him, “This time is different. Go and meet this man—and be bold with him.”
According to the ministry, Peter met with Muhammad and boldly proclaimed the Gospel to him. After they parted ways, God continued to speak to Muhammad, revealing Himself in a dream and bringing great conviction upon him.
“He shaved his beard—the symbol of his radical devotion to Islam,” the ministry reports. “He decided to follow Christ. And he reached out to Peter once more, desperate to meet with him.”
“Peter, I have a confession,” Muhammad told him. “The first time I was going to meet you, I intended to kill you, and I am sorry.”
And the ISIS leader fell on his face and repented before the Lord.
“This former ISIS leader is now your brother in Christ,” the ministry says. “His conversion happened just weeks ago, and by God’s mercy and grace, he is already serving Christ where he lives. Only God can change an ISIS leader. Only God can transform hearts—and yet we are blessed to join Him in His work of reaching the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ “is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
*Names changed for safety purposes.
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