Words from the Heart for Friday September 3rd, 2021
Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ERV)
Never Stop Praying
As the many faiths Canadians embrace across this country are diverse, so too are prayer patterns. Despite some anxieties in religious communities about the fall of faith, it would appear that many Canadians continue to embrace prayer, however personal and individual it may be. Canadians are much more likely to have prayed privately, individually, at least once each week over the last year, compared to other prayer activities that they may engage in. One-third say they partake in personal prayer with this frequency.
There is a desire in the heart of every human being for connection to someone greater than ourselves. Only one chapter after Genesis describes how sin destroyed the perfect relationship between Adam and Eve and their Creator, we read that men and women began to call on the Lord. Sin had broken the relationship but the longing for God never disappeared. Those of us who have that relationship with God restored through faith in Jesus Christ are commanded to pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 puts it clearly: “Never stop praying.” Paul couldn’t put it any more clearly. Prayer ought to be the breath of a follower of Jesus. We are called to communicate constantly with God, as we would speak to a companion who was with us throughout the day. Because that is exactly what Jesus is to each of us who know Him by faith. Prayer is called a discipline, and that it is. But it is also a great joy, a great source of comfort, an abiding connection with our Creator. Prayer wells up from deep within us, and by it we express our joy, our gratitude, our longings, our pain and our love. Never stop praying.
These have been words from the heart.