Bible Verse: “Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-13

There comes a moment when a person has to make a decision about prayer. First of all, you have to conclude that prayer is helpful, meaningful, and a means to an end – knowing God and accomplishing God’s purposes in and through us. Then you have to decide to actually pray. After this, with the decision made, you just have to do it.

This decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, for prayer is life-transforming. If you want to remain as you are, don’t start to pray, for prayer will change you forever.

All of life consists of and is shaped by the decisions that we make, whether those decision seem major or minor. Today you will make a series of decisions – from the time that you will rise, to the clothes you will wear, to the interactions you will have with people. Each decision will, in some sense, direct the course of your life, and leave you slightly (or radically) different than you were before. Life consists of decisions made, and each decision changes us.

To live is to choose, and to choose is to change. The only question that must be answered is whether you want to change one way or another. Our ability to choose is part of what makes us distinctively human.

To pray, or even to want to pray, is to choose. If you are just starting a life of prayer, then to pray is to make a choice to take a chance on a relationship with God (for to pray is to relate). If you are seasoned in praying, then to pray again is to choose as well. You are choosing to deepen your bond with the Author of time and space, enter into deep counsel with the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ about the eternal destiny of others, and forge new bonds of intimacy between yourself and the Almighty. But whether you are just starting or are far along in the journey, you are choosing.

This choice to pray (or not) involves some presuppositions. Before proceeding any further, take a few minutes to consider this imperative from Scripture: “Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV).

I once heard someone describe prayer as “the bridge we throw across the space between our weakness and God’s strength – a bridge over which He can walk into the human heart.” Prayer requires the recognition that there is distance between us and God and that the distance needs to be bridged. If we do not decide to pray, there will be no progress at all.

Begin praying today. Give God a few minutes of your time as you get started. Simply tell Him, “Lord God, I want to learn to pray. Teach me how to communicate with You. I want the greatest reward, and that is to know You and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”

— David Chotka in Power Praying
©2009 by David Chotka. Used by permission.

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