Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. (Psalms 55:17)
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. (Daniel 6:10)
We should use the examples of David and Daniel to model our prayer lives. By no means is this a limit to prayer, but it shows a consistent devotion to God throughout the day. A two minute prayer in the morning, 30 second prayers over food, and a two minute prayer at night does not cut it, though. Why do we treat the God of all creation like some second-class citizen? HE IS GOD! Sometimes we need to smack ourselves back into reality and realize we are mere dust outside of His providence. We need to pour ourselves out to him! There are so many competing demands and distractions that pull us away from God. We need to consistently shift the focus back to Him morning, noon, and night. Again, let this not limit you, rather let it serve as a starting point if your devotion or prayer life doesn’t look like this.
I pray that WE pray… Amen.
The pursuit of God is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. A lot of us think we can do it, until we try and see how hard it is and give up, or we come to a place that’s “almost it” and we stop because we think that’s “good enough.” In my study of Scripture, I’ve seen a constant theme throughout encouraging the believer to seek, search for, pursue, and find God. Where we err is that we miscalculate the journey, stop at the visitor’s center, and never make it to the actual destination. Embedded within the countless amount of Scriptures urging the believer to seek God is another, less emphasized, theme: to seek and search for Him like you would for silver, gold, or hidden treasure. That puts things in a whole different perspective. That takes hard work, but the reward is worth it! I was at a beach recently and saw a man using a metal detector in search for gold. The man could have started searching two days before then or twenty years before then, the only thing I know is that he was actively searching for treasure. When he finds that treasure (whatever it may be and however long it may take), I’m sure his joy will be made full. But if he quits because it’s taking too long or it’s hard work, his joy will never reach its full potential. I hope you are starting to see my point: Do not quit and do not faint in your pursuit for God; yes it is hard, but what else do you think it would take to find and know the God of all creation? He has laid out the protocol for us and has made the instructions as simple as possible. But how many of us will accept the challenge, knowing the way is hard, to really know and truly understand and actually find the Supreme God Almighty? We can’t be content with just going to church, singing songs, clapping our hands, and praying two minute prayers. There is SOO MUCH MORE! And I will not quit until He fills my cup to the overflow! Will you pursue Him the same?