One of the joys Jeannie and I are experiencing these days is the joy of being physically together almost constantly. We don’t have to interrupt our schedules, make a phone call, or set aside a special time to talk. We just talk…as we work together, eat together, shop together, travel together, visit with others, or simply lie in bed together at night. And even when we are not actually speaking we are still communing with one another. Sometimes the greatest intimacy takes place in the simplicity of silent togetherness.
We are…together! I mean, we’ve always been “together,” but somehow it is different these days. These days, other events can themselves become an interruption to the quiet joys of unceasing intimacy. We are loving this life!
Now to the point of all this. I heard it again just recently. A well-meaning brother drew a rather lengthy meeting to what he felt was a fitting end by asking someone to “close us out with a little prayer.” It seemed that prayer had been reduced to a matter of etiquette, a duty to perform in order to portray good, Christian manners, a formality to be carried out while folks reached for their coats and car keys.
Is communing with God something that should be fit in; an interruption to everything else we do? Or should it be the priority? Especially considering:
- There is no substitute for prayer…none whatever!
- Prayer is something we do…not merely think about doing.
- Prayer deserves attention, energy, and order.
- There is no shorter route to the heart of God than through prayer.
- Prayer has no regret. Prayerlessness does.
- You do not pray to get God’s attention, but because you have it.
Of course, every family needs the occasional “sit down.” And the Bible is filled with exhortations and illustrations of calls to special, urgent times of prayer. But today, I am simply encouraging you to consider the joy and effectiveness that comes with doing everything in an atmosphere of prayerful intimacy with Christ.
For many years I’ve closed my letters with Paul’s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice evermore!” Today, I simply urge you to consider the next verse.
“Pray without ceasing!”