Resurrected Living
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Daily Prayer

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The assembly of the saints on Sunday morning should set the tone for everything we do throughout the week. The Lord’s day should not be the only time we pray, sing, give, and commune. Our worship to God should shape us, transform us, and follow us as we go out into the world. We must be marked by prayer and praise, and this will only happen if we incorporate worship into our everyday lives.

The people of God have always found times to pray and meditate on God’s word outside of corporate worship times. When Jesus gave the greatest command, he was quoting from Deuteronomy 6. This passage was a foundational text for God’s people because it taught them how their life was to be organized.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

These words of God were to go with them whether they were at home or away, whether they were resting or awake. The Jewish people set aside specific times of the day to pray, and this practice was adopted by the early church (Acts 3:1). The first Christian document outside of the New Testament instructs people to pray three times a day (Didache 8:3). The Jewish people and the early church both viewed prayer as a central part of life. For them, prayer was not a minor thing one may or may not do before a meal. It was a way of organizing one’s day. Everything was centered around prayer.

Daily prayer is more than a discipline. It is about what you desire and what you are seeking after. If your desire is wealth, then you will organize your day around that pursuit. If your desire is fame, then the focus of your day will be on becoming famous. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” For Christians, the focus of our day should center on God. This does not mean we must think about God at every moment of every day, but it does mean we center our day around practices such as prayer, Bible reading, helping others, etc. This then infuses everything else we do. Rather than working to get rich or to gain notoriety, we work to glorify God, provide for our family, and have the means to give to people in need.

What does daily prayer look like? It is a simple practice. Set aside time at the beginning and end of the day. In the morning, pray for the day ahead. Pray for the people in your life. Pray for the activities you have planned. In the evening, take time to reflect on your day. Consider what went well and what did not. Take these praises and concerns before the throne of God. Incorporating the prayers of Scripture and others into your prayer life can also be very helpful, especially when you find it difficult to pray. Beginning and ending the day with prayer will impact everything else you do. 

It is also beneficial to look for times throughout the day to prayer. This will look different for everyone because our lives are different. You could pray on your lunch break or in your car. You might take a break each day at 3:00 in the afternoon and pray just as Peter and John did in Acts 3:1. Find a practice that works best for you. 

Daily prayer can also be combined with Scripture reading, singing, or reflection on God’s creation. Sometimes finding a quiet setting where the beauty of God’s handiwork is evident helps us to focus on God. Reading the Bible goes well with prayer since we are speaking to God and he is speaking to us through the inspired word he has given us. 

By praying daily, we are inviting God to be an active part of our lives. We are being formed and shaped by God. We want everything we do and say to be influenced by our life with God. He has not promised to be with us for only one hour on Sunday. He has promised to be with us always, and this should cause us to organize our lives accordingly.

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