Praying and Walking
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” (1 Peter 4:7)
How is your prayer life going lately? How is your walk with the Lord? We would often find that the answers to these two questions are the same. My experience is that I find it hard to have a deep and intimate prayer time just after watching hours of television instead of reflecting on God’s Word. Wasteful use of time does negatively affect our prayers. More seriously, when I know I have been disobedient, and negligent of my responsibilities to the Lord, my prayer time turns dry and unfruitful. Only sincere repentance can get me back to a proper place before God.
The same is true, that we cannot maintain a close and obedient walk with the Lord without a healthy and consistent prayer life. Where do we get inspiration and guidance for the day if we don’t have a good talk with God at the beginning of it? Where do we get the strength and the patience during the day as we face challenges, problems, and difficult people? Prayer provides us the spiritual energy to carry out the instructions of the Lord.
Indeed, a healthy walk with the Lord and an intimate prayer life is inseparable and feed on each other. Discipline in both aspects is key to a fruitful Christian life.
We are called to be soldiers for Christ. The battle for our heart, mind, and soul would only get tougher in these end times. We must get both our prayer life and our walk with the Lord in good shape to be able to overcome the attacks of the enemy. We are going for victory, so shape up!
Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive us for being careless
with the precious time that you have given us. Teach us to
number our days that we may know how to use our time
wisely. Draw us ever closer to you. Amen.
Be reminded that we are preparing for battle. Dedicate time
to strengthen yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically
through careful obedience and a disciplined prayer life.