Spirit Meat Daily Devotional 21-1-19
CULTIVATING A PRAYING HABIT – EPHESIANS 6:18
The only way to effect the injunction of Paul to pray without ceasing is to develop and maintain a praying habit. What exactly is a praying habit? The dictionary meaning of a habit is: Somebody’s settled practice especially something that cannot easily be given up; or usual behaviour or second nature. That is to say that a praying habit will be a settled practice of prayer that can’t easily be given up. It can also be defined as “your second nature”. Can you imagine when people think of you and they think of prayer? It is like you can say prayer becomes an addiction for you. You are dedicated to prayer so much that to break it or stop it will bring you discomfort. For many Christians, to pray at all gives them discomfort, but you can form a praying habit such that if you don’t pray in a day you wouldn’t feel like you are alright. How can you do this? You begin by cultivating it like you develop a taste for a dish. a) First, whip up your interest in prayer. Think good thoughts on prayer. Read the biography of great prayer warriors of God. Feed your interest on a prayer diet. Convince yourself that prayer will do you more good than harm. b) Speak of it to yourself. Tell yourself you will do it. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you will pray. c) Discipline your flesh to start. Never procrastinate on whether to start or not. Begin to pray immediately. d) Create a special place, a special time, a particular duration and keep to it. It is like some people who keep a favourite seat at home where they relax. This step is the most important.
PRAYER: Lord, rekindle afresh in me the fire upon my prayer altar in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Genesis 42:18-43:34, Matthew 13:47-14:12, Psalm 18:16-36, Proverbs 4:7-10