PRAYER | Pastor Daniel Morales (Orange Campus)
Whether we are new to the faith or have been a Christian for years, at one point or another, we have all experienced the struggle of prayer. It’s not that we are unaware of its importance or view it as an optional component to our faith. In fact, most of us understand the necessity and vital role prayer plays in our spiritual health and formation. Yet developing and maintaining a consistent prayer life can often seem like an insurmountable task.
Our inability to be consistent and diligent in prayer can often leave us feeling guilty, frustrated and defeated.
However, what if our approach to prayer were to change? What if instead we approached it with the mindset that prayer can be a challenge and that developing a consistent rhythm is difficult. To acknowledge this struggle doesn’t make us any less spiritual but actually humbles us out of pretense. It keeps us from making prayer simply one more
item to check off our already full to-do list and actually frees us to work through the obstacles we face in order to persevere.
To recognize that prayer is hard is to pay attention to the model Jesus demonstrated for us in the gospels. Jesus would regularly have to specifically make time for prayer (Lk 5:16). It was a priority to him. Like healthy eating or exercise, it wasn’t just the default mode. It required focused attention.
We also see an example of the disciples having a hard time praying with Jesus when he asked them to in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-45)
Therefore, let’s face prayer knowing that it does not come naturally to our human nature. You will have to make intentional choices in order to make it a priority, like Jesus did.
Remember, Jesus encourages us to diligently persist in seeking, asking, and knocking (Matt. 7:7-12) none of which are passive or default actions. It is in this pursuit that we will find greater intimacy with God.