Our daily routines reveal our priorities in a very tangible way.
With regard to the place that prayer ranks in our reasoning, what we choose to do each day is telling. Do we fit prayer around our busy life, or is life fitted around the priority of prayer?
I don’t say this to compare, convict, or condemn, merely to help you measure your present priorities.
If you are much like me, and I suspect you are, it’s very easy to allow the responsibilities and activities of everyday life to push eternity to the edges. Our days are crowd with temporal activities, and deepening our dependence and desire for God is dampened by all our to-do’s.
Prayer is not a favourite passtime for the flesh. TV is far more appealing than time in the tabernacle of God’s presence. Let’s face it, prayer can be frustrating, boring, confusing, dreary, a choreish unexciting excursion that leaves you unfulfilled and scratching your head. Why is it so darn hard to do the one thing that offers ultimate fulfilment? Because we live in an environment dampened and infused with unbelief!
The world and culture we inhabit is not given to the things of the spirit. It is designed by contrary powers to keep us as far away from reality as possible, crowded with activities of no eternal consequence, and cowered by natural needs, desires, and the pursuit of everything and anything but God.
The devil knows that once a man or woman breaks this mould and finally finds pleasure in prayer, he may as well sign off the deeds. That life is not only lost to him in terms of eternal destiny, their everyday is on track to become vinegar in his wounds and pricks in his eyes. A man or woman broken and broken-through is dangerous to the devil’s kingdom.
Is it any wonder that the “god of this world” does all he can to keep our eyes covered?
“For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 AMP)
Carving out time for prayer so it becomes your delight will demand a season of daily discipline over several weeks to break addiction to the status quo in the spirit realm. I have found no other way to incapacitate and destroy the agreements that my flesh has inadvertently made with the devil’s way of doing life.
If we are not intentional in defining our priorities we will inevitable fall into the prevailing defaults that pervade the culture we are immersed in. I can assure you, unless you are presently involved in a significant revival of some kind, the culture around you will not applaud prayer as a viable or desirable pursuit.
As a praying person you are involved in the greatest rebellion of all. You are claiming your freedom from a system designed to swirl your days into an ever tightening cyclone down a plughole that to nowhere but regret.
Dear friend, when we stand before the King on that great day of judgement and reward, do you think He will be measuring success by the totems of this present age? I think not.
The riches of life well spent are not counted in dollars, they are defined by how many days we live dedicated and devoted to a bigger cause – the cause of the Kingdom.
As we seek His Kingdom first, thank God, He adds much that the world seeks to our account. The promises of prosperity are found throughout all of Scripture, but a Kingdom life of wellbeing that spans all aspects of our existence begins with prosperity of soul.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2 KJV)
The place of soul prosperity begins in the prayer closet, because that is where we draw close to the Giver of every good gift.