Ran out of gas. Cell phone died. Lack of energy. What do these three things have in common? They have each happened to me and they can each be avoided. Filling up your gas tank is required so you can keep driving. Plugging your phone is a must if you want to keep using it. Eating right, sleeping right and staying fit is important to maintaining your own energy level.
You can also become spiritual drained. It happens. If you are loving and serving all day long you are going to need to re-charge your spiritual batteries regularly. How do you do it? The same way Jesus did.
Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. (Mark 1:21-35 NLT)
Jesus had an incredibly busy day...He went to bed...then He rose up early. It was still dark. It was quiet. He was alone but He went elsewhere to a place of solitude to ensure that He remained alone for a time.
Then He plugged in...He filled up...He Prayed. Praying is the communication part of our relationship with God. It is how we talk to Him and how He talks to us. Now, Jesus was the perfect Son of God...God in flesh. If He set this example of prayer...we absolutely must follow it...not just because we are commanded...but because we will fade out without it.
By Prayer, we will accomplish several things. These things might even help you know how to pray if that is a new concept.
1. We proclaim Who God is. That is also called worship or adoration. When we pray, we tell God what we know of Him. He is good. He is powerful. He is Creator. On and on. What purpose does this serve? Many, but the one that charges me up most is it reminds me Who I follow. It reminds me how much He is in control. I strengthen as I remember His strength. As we proclaim Who God is we also listen for Who He says we are. We are His children. We bring Him joy. We are loved. I get charged up just typing those...
2. In light of Who He is, we see His perfection. That will bring us to realization of our imperfection and our sin. We confess those sins to Him. He already knows them. The beauty of confessing sin is laying it down. We lay aside every weight (Hebrews 12:1-2) so we can run with endurance. It's not just saying I'm sorry to God (although that is part). It is recognizing that going our own way has loaded us down with hindrances. We are run down and need re-charged. As we confess, we listen for His voice. The voice of forgiveness. When we hear it our burdens roll away.
3. We give thanks. We see Who He is and give thanks. We confess and thank Him for forgiveness. We remember what God has done in our lives and the lives of others before us. As we speak words of thanks to God we listen for more of the things He has done. This is a part of devotion. I like to do this in His Word...seeing more and more of His Mighty acts.
4. We ask for help. We seek Almighty God to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). We ask. We recognize our needs and lay them before Him. We recognize that we have come to our source for provision, healing, hope, strength. As we ask for help we hear God speak to us of His Will, His Way and His Timing. We get direction by His Holy Spirit.
Maybe those will be helpful reminders for you as you pray. Maybe you didn't realize the importance of prayer until now. Maybe you haven't taken the time or didn't know how or were just too busy. Listen, life is busy! I get it. Even moreso, the life of a follower of Jesus is really busy! The Busyness of following God will not be accomplished without the business of Prayer.
Do you have a time of prayer? Mine is often in the morning, sitting right where I am now. Praying, listening for His voice as I pray and as I read His Word. Looking at the day ahead and asking God to work within every encounter that is on my schedule (as well as those that are on His schedule and not mine). Charge your batteries. Find a time alone with God!