How many times would you say you talk to God in a day? Do you talk to Him in the morning, in your car, at breakfast, lunch or dinner, or at night? Do you ask God to only be in the bad things of your life or do you rejoice in the joys?
These are all things we talked to the kids about in children’s ministry when Pastor Phil taught on prayer. He reminded us to think about our own friendships when we think of God. We wouldn’t just talk to (or text) our best friend every other day or when we were just having a bad day. We would want them to celebrate with us in the good things in life, too. This is the way we should be with God. We should get in the habit of having a constant conversation with Him, telling Him about the good and bad things in life. God should be the first person we go to when something happens. He helps us calm down when things are making us angry, and He will bring peace in the middle of a crazy situation. The situation might stay the same, but you have God’s undeniable peace.
In my own life, prayer means so much to me. I admit there are times when I fill my days with everything else, and then I don’t talk to God. Or when I talk to Him, it is really quick and something I always say. Those days I do that, everything feels like chaos, and I can always point it back to not spending time with my Father in heaven. This is how cool God is…He is patiently waiting for us to run back and spend time with Him. God loves you so very much, and He created you. He knows you better than anyone else!
Take five minutes today and really talk to God like you haven’t before. Thank Him for the things that He has blessed you with. Ask Him to help you with the problems that are going on in your mind. Remember He wants to spend time with you!
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for our brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Ephesians 6:13-18 (MSG)