I’m willing to guess you don’t pray enough. And, if you were willing to guess the same about me, you’d be totally right. Prayer often feels like a chore — can there be a sadder statement than that? — not because of difficulty, but because it requires an examination of the soul. That ain’t easy or pretty. It’s also not comfortable, and us moderns tend to be obsessed with comfort.
Prayer is out lifeblood, though. Consider:
“Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.”
― Martin Luther
“Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
There is never a moment where prayer isn’t effective. God is always listening, and in fact intercedes for us (because even in prayer, we are wholly dependent upon grace). We need not be happy, sad, healthy or hurt to pray — we simply need to be alive. There is always a need.
My challenge to you is the same I am placing on myself: invest in prayer.
Make time, even it’s brief, to pray in new times of the day and about new things. Pray at lunch. Pray when you wake up. Pray and pray and pray and pray. If you don’t know what to pray for, ask God — He’s got quite a list, I’m sure.
It is our fortress. We should remain in it.