When I was a little boy, I knelt by the bed next to our father and said our prayers at night.

It was easy then to remember to pray because mom and dad were there to remind me.

Life was simple. We were young, and our concerns were limited to things similar to that which I used to pray:

“Dear God, please be with Mommy and Daddy and my sister Cara, and thank you, God, for all our blessings.

In Jesus’s name Amen.”

But the years quickly pass, and more often than not, our lives and priorities can dramatically shift.

I still pray for my wife and kids, parents, siblings, and many others. Ginger, (our family dog) is gone now, and the TIMES ARE NO LONGER SIMPLE!

When we arrive at adulthood, we no longer have our mom and dad there to remind us to pray.

Sure, we pray in church on Sunday and at meals, but what about the other times that need to be devoted to prayer?

In nothing be anxious; but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Philippians 4:6 ASV

Our lives get busy, the day grows long, perhaps we’ve binged more than we care to admit, and before we know it, it is time to go to bed.

Have we remembered to pray throughout the day?

Sometimes we may get in a few short ‘prayer thoughts’ before we sleep.

This has happened to the best of us, especially when God isn’t at the forefront of our thoughts, actions, and prayers every hour.

Lord willing, this isn’t the case, but our busy lives, and busier minds, can easily distract the best of us from our private prayer lives with our living, loving God.

Our human side keeps putting off prayer because it is not at the top of the priority list.

There are too many other things that we just have to get done!

Take a guess who desires and encourages our lack of prayer?! SATAN?

Has prayer kept been pushed further down the list of your priorities until it is nothing more than a few mumbles at bedtime?

When this happens, we wonder why things don’t go right in our lives.

Paul says:

Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:18 RSV

Could it be that we have not entrusted any of it to God in prayer?

We can not persevere and stay alert unless we are praying! And worse yet, there are so many brothers and sisters who need our prayers, and Paul says it is our responsibility to be doing that.

Could it be that we are neglecting a very important priority of ours lives as Christians?

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.

James 5:16 RSV

I apologize for the personal example here, but if it helps…

In the early morning hours, my grandfather (once a preacher and elder in the Lord’s church) used to say a prayer over breakfast with a list (literal) of significant prayer concerns for the day.

There are church members who need strength, friends with health concerns, prayers for loved ones and family. I used to love being there for that quiet prayer.

It helps me to feel like the day has started well. Obviously, you don’t have to do it ‘just like my grandfather’ but do try not to neglect our responsibility to pray for the lives, needs, and souls of others as needed.

Remember to pray.

Please keep Cliff Collins, a family friend, Christian, and Harding alumni like us in your prayers. He was in a bad wreck and was med flighted to a hospital. Thank you.

And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:26‭-‬27 ASV

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