Spend Time Praying: Prayer updates our standing with God..
Jesus always found time to pray in the desert or on a hill. Matthew 6:6-7 says: “But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Don’t use vain repetitions in praying as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.” We were told to go to our room and close the door. It means quietness, avoiding distraction, and prayer must come from our hearts. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, and after his ascension, the disciples continued to preach what they had learned from the master, including the Lord’s Prayer.
A prayer is a place in our hearts—a secret sacred place where the Spirit dwells. A place where our relationship with God is established, and from there, where God sees everything, how we are doing according to His will, and how we carry our purposeful life as it was given to us. When Jesus was on earth, He teaches God is our Father, the only judge and the one true God, and his focus on the kingdom within us. Luke mentioned in 17:21, “That God’s kingdom has arrived and is within you.”
Though group prayer is biblical, praying alone in our secret room is a one-on-one communication with the Father that is in secret and will respond to you accordingly. We can choose any place in our house and make it fully and wholly dedicated to that purposeful prayer. Fellowshipping with the Father on one will be pleasing to Him.
Praying updates our standing with God.
Did your love for God remain the same as before, even with all the struggle you cannot bear? Dear Devoted, Then, you are still in communion with Him. Your endurance and walking upright will serve as an encouragement for others. Doing many things for God’s kingdom is like spending time with Him. When we walk and talk godly and doer of His commandments, God will be pleased with you to represent Him.
God wants us to be in communion with Him. He wants us to be the walking advertisement showing the goodness of Him to those who do not know Him or do not believe in Him. We must be cautious about representing Him because people are good at watching our missteps. We do not want to lose that love and zeal that we have. Praying without ceasing is spending time with God often.
When your life is too busy spending all your time to better your lifestyle, it is taking away your availability to spend time with God. We fall short of the glory of God by abandoning or forgetting our duty to the Holy One, who is supposed to be our first love. The Congregation in Ephesus was praised for their steadfastness and perseverance in defiance of false apostles. These faithful beginnings ended in abandoning their faith, which was their first love.
Believers were warned that if they did not repent, judgment may fall on their shoulders, and they would no longer be in the light, stripped of the right to witness to the world. Faith in the one true God must not be out of our lives, or spending time with Him may not be available anymore. Since God is Love and loves his fallen children, repentance can reshape the broken relationship. God is faithful and will never change His mind about loving His children.
Recommended verses for reading and meditation: Revelation 2:2-5
Revelation 2:2-5 (WEB)
“I know your works, and your toil and perseverance, and that you can’t tolerate evil men and have tested those who call themselves apostles, and they are not and found them false. You have perseverance, endured for my name’s sake, and have [a] not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you left your first love. Therefore, remember where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works, or else I am coming to you swiftly and will move your lampstand out of its place unless you repent.