Prayer – a worthy ritual

Posted: October 18, 2013 in Discipline
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“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.  Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

Humans are naturally drawn to rituals because we were created to pray. While our daily lives have many different rituals, our prayer is the ritual that pleases the Most High God.

To today’s average Christian, prayer seems to be a mystery.  Somewhere along the way, many of our spiritual leaders have failed to teach us how to commune with our Maker.  We think that in order to have an effective prayer, we need to be energetic, creative; we need to feel like it and we need to put great feeling into it. But that is a lie from the pit of hell.

No one feels like praying every day.

But if we wait until we need something, or until a crisis happens, or until we feel like it, or until we have the energy for it, or until we have ‘the time’ for it, we can expect our spiritual familiarity and strength to be on par with how good we are at any other skill we practice only when it’s convenient for us.

Those who have skills that the whole world envies have them because they practice their skills ritually.  They show up every day, on time, whether they want to or not.  Because it’s time. 

They do it for glory that fades away in this world, but we do it for eternal glory with Christ.  How much more, then, should we be devoted to establishing and maintaining a ritual of prayer in our life?

“Don’t you realize that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  So run to win!  All those who compete in the games go into strict training so they can win a crown.  That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed.  So I do not run without a goal.  I fight like a boxer who is hitting something –not just the air.  I discipline my body, training it to do what it should.  Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”  1 Corinthians 9: 24-27

Show up every day, on time.  Praise Him, give thanks, make confession, intercede for someone, make a request for yourself.

Make it a ritual, routine, rhythm. Your relationship with God will flourish and you will learn to refine your skills as an enlisted soldier in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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