Guest Author - Pamela Chambers
Developing a Sustaining Prayer Life
We all have dry seasons in our prayer lives when it takes a special effort to pray. Whether you think you are hearing from God or not, it is always essential to have the attitude and habit of a sustaining prayer life. Consistency is the key to a successful prayer life. Paul the Apostle emphasized how to have a sustaining prayer life in the books of Romans, Philippians and Ephesians.
(Holy Bible New Living Translation, Romans 12:12) Paul the Apostle reminded the Christians of Rome
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying.” When we as Christians continue in prayer, strength stirs up to remind us of the hope we have in Christ Jesus. As we get into God’s presence his active word reminds us of the continued blessings and peace from the Lord over our lives. We utilize the power that is given to us to take authority over the enemy in Jesus name.
Paul continues to remind us as Christians to have a focused and steady prayer life as he states “Don’t
worry about anything, pray about everything.” (Philippians 4:6) Paul stresses the notion of praying about
every situation. If a Christian worries about a situation instead of praying, then he is not confident about that particular area of his life. He is literally sinning because of the lack of faith in that area. We all have areas in our lives that we need to improve; however if we don’t address these weak areas we will not grow as Christians. We need to grow as Christians in every area of our lives. We cannot live by our favorite scriptures of the Bible; we have to apply the whole word of God to our lives.
The final scripture I would like to reiterate from the book of Ephesians which was also written by Paul the Apostle states: “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasions.” (Ephesians 6:18) As Christians when we do not know what to pray, we can pray in the spirit. Praying in the spirit is a direct prayer that goes straight to God. The Holy Spirit teaches us what to say by way of our spirit. If a Christian can pray in the spirit, there is no excuse for having a weak prayer life. Yet sometime the things of this world take up our precious time and distract us from sustaining our relationship with God the Father and Jesus.