One of our greatest spiritual shortcomings is low expectations. We don’t expect much from God because we’re not asking for much. When my prayer life is firing on all cylinders, it is easy to believe God for great things. But when my prayer life is in a slump, I have a hard time belieiving God for anything. Prayerlessness produces low expectations. Prayerfulness super-sizes our expectations. The more we pray, the higher our expectations.
New International Version (NIV)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
The word “watchful” refers to the watchmen on the city walls in biblical times. They would be the first to see an attacking army or travelling traders. They can see further than others can see, making it possible for them to see what others don’t see. We live our lives in one of two modes; prayer mode or survival mode. When we are in prayer mode, we see opportunities that other people don’t even notice, because we are expecting God to answer. In prayer mode, our spiritual antenna is up, eagerly looking to tune in to wherever God is leading us. When we are in survival mode, all we do is react to the circumstances around us. While predictable, it isn’t very exciting.
When we live in prayer mode, it is easy to distinguish between God’s providence and coincidence. Prayer is an opportunity incubator. When I am not in prayer mode, I have good ideas. In prayer mode, I have God ideas. One God ideas is better than a thousand good ideas. This is why prayerfulness is vital to my well-being as a follower of Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Message (MSG)
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
When we pray all the time we expect God to answer; we expect Him to provide. When we don’t pray, we have to resort to making our own plans. I don’t want to just be reacting to circumstances, I would rather be responding to God. I am going to strive to pray all the time and avoid prayerlessness at all costs. Will you join me?
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