Something I posted on our Sunday School Class’s website.
Originally posted on Legacy Class - North Side Baptist Church, Weatherford Texas:
I don’t do it enough, plain and simple. Sure, I pray before our meals, at least in a family setting. I am pretty good at praying at all the socially prescribed times and places but I don’t pray enough. I will pray when people ask for prayer like when prayer requests are communicated or when we have prayer quilts hanging in the foyer at Church, but that isn’t enough. I am reminded often, convicted really, that any healthy relationship is built on communication. It’s hard to defend the position that a relationship is healthy where there is little communication or where communication is always one way. I must confess that I don’t talk to God enough. My faith is often too introverted or reflective. I enjoy thinking on God and pondering points of theology. I absolutely love Church history and admire men and women of God through the ages from all our various Christian traditions even if I strongly disagree with some of their doctrinal positions or how they expressed their worship. But sometimes I worry that I can ponder too much especially at the expense of prayer.
All that brings up the question what is prayer? Maybe a better question is what are scripturally sound ways that I can pray? And do I pray more than I realize? Certainly the way we were taught is proper. That is kneeling by the bed with eyes closed. We know we can pray either aloud or silently while we are actively doing other things. The Bible also tells us to pray without ceasing which implies that the tried and true bed-side method is not always necessary. But we can’t do that without ceasing, and there are times when what we are doing with our hands requires our full attention.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV)