Faithful in Prayer

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” Romans 12:1

As we enter into the second half of the year, there may be a number of outstanding goals left
on your to-do lists. With the way this year is unfolding, you can easily gauge whether you are
progressing in the right direction. Maybe you’ve been so caught up with the day-to-day
events that you have neglected to give attention to yourself. In particular, you may have
noticed that your prayer life has taken a back seat when it should always be front and centre.
In chapter 12 of the book of Romans, Paul urges the church to be faithful in prayer. After
thoroughly preaching the need for a Savior and how we come to accept Jesus Christ, Paul
delivers instructions on practical Christian living. Above all that is occurring, the Romans are
encouraged to maintain their prayer lives. Prayer can be either individual or collective and
importantly, prayer must be constant.

Being faithful is a binding choice one makes which results in an enduring agreement. Those
who are faithful are not directed by their emotions, instead, they regulate their emotions
through the consistency of prayer. That means, we ought to pray when we feel like it and we
ought to pray when we do not. The intentionality behind the act supersedes any emotional
responses that would dissuade us. Because we have made the initial choice, and continue
to make that choice daily, we co-create our prayer experience rather than just waiting for
prayer to happen. An active prayer life then, consists of more than just a single event or
fulfilling a timed session. An active and faithful prayer life is one which constantly returns to
the routine of communing with God.

It’s time to let your guard down and throw out the scripts. Prayer does not have to be
anything rehearsed, but prayer should be authentic and real. If you need to, let prayer be
your verbal diary. Become as vulnerable as you need to be in order to build that intimacy.
But remember, communication is a two-way street. There will be times when you speak and
times when you pause and hear. However communication with the Lord occurs, sustain the
fellowship through time spent together.

Have you remained faithful in prayer through 2021?
What are some things you will do to maintain an active prayer life?

Father God, thank You so much for the privilege of prayer. Thank You for always being there
to hear me. I am grateful that I have the ability to communicate with the God who speaks.
God, I commit to spending time with You in prayer, even as You continue to speak to me in
diverse ways. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Deborah Nimoh