I certainly have good intentions about watching what I eat, and having diabetes, I do that pretty well. I also have good intentions about exercising every day. Well, alright, I plan to exercise Monday through Thursday. And I do... most of the time.
If you've ever tried to drop a few pounds, you've probably noticed something interesting: You won't get very far if you only watch what you eat a couple of days a week and you don't build much muscle if you only exercise once a month.
Prayer works the same way. You're not likely to notice much difference in your relationship with God if you only check in occasionally. You're not likely to build much faith if you're not regularly stretching your ears to hear.
This week's lesson from Treasures of the Transformed Life focuses on prayer. It's presented as the root system that helps us grow and flourish, much like the tree planted by the riverside, with constant access to living water.
Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit" (John 15:5 NLT).
Having an active prayer life, then, isn't about rattling off a list of wants and desires. It is a chance for us to partner with the One who made us, to receive encouragement, direction, joy, peace, and wisdom for our lives. It's a chance for us to produce much fruit. Fruit that makes others long for what we have. Fruit that shows the world what being a Christian is really about.
So how's your own prayer life? This week, as you think about the benefits of regular conversation with God, are you encouraged to start having those conversations a little bit more regularly? Are you compelled to listen more and talk less, or to ask God's insight on things you might previously have tried to handle on your own?
William H. P. Faunce puts it this way: "No (person) can follow Christ and go astray."
Prayer, as you've no doubt figured out, helps us follow Christ in a new, living, and active way. As we're promised in Proverbs 8:17 (NLT): "Those who search for me will surely find me," and prayer is great place to find exactly who-and what-you're searching for.
So what kind of conversations are you having today?
Grace and peace,