21 Days of Prayer

It is said of Martin Luther that the busier he became, the more time he spent in prayer. The more responsibilities he had to shoulder, the earlier he got up in the morning. But with us it is often the opposite: the busier we become, the less time we spend in prayer. When you think about it, it’s completely nonsensical!

Remember how much time you spent in prayer when you first gave your life to Jesus? How much did your faith grow in that time? And why should we not have the same energy now? Prayer is a basic ingredient of our faith for a reason: we need it to survive.

We have to pray continually. Continuous prayer might take discipline at the start, but after a while it becomes a beautiful way to live, and a hallmark of a vital relationship with the Lord.

There are different types of prayer. There is corporate prayer, when we pray together. There is intercessory prayer, when we stand in the gap and pray for a certain situation or person. The prayer I am speaking about, however, is personal prayer—prayer between one believer and God.

God designed prayer to be as natural for a Christian as breathing. If this does not describe your prayer life, take heart and keep at it. Prayer is not just talking; it is also listening, waiting upon God. Remember the saying, “When men work, they work. But when men pray, God works.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing…”

PRAYER: Lord, please revitalize my prayer life with You. I long for our conversation to flow naturally and intimately. Amen.

The content for this devotional was adapted from "The Bible with Grassroots Reflections" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.