As I was praying yesterday I spent some time meditating on prayer. I thought about the importance of prayer because it has been a strong recurring theme lately. The Lord is showing me how crucial our prayer life is. Before I had a prayer life, I have to say that life was not easy. Life is still challenging but my prayer life impacts every difficulty I encounter and it makes things so much better. A prayer life is a life that revolves around prayer. It is a life where your schedule is built around God. You don’t squeeze God in. You make Him the focus of the day so everything else has to align with your commitment to the Lord. To me, prayer is more than words uttered to God. There is a lot of praise and worship going on during my prayer time and gratitude is a big part of it as well. I also listen to God. Sometimes my prayers are all about listening. I quiet my mind and I come before the Lord ready to receive. I have dedicated times when I am in prayer but I most recently learned about interrupting my day with prayer. I puncture the day with prayer time and it is the best thing ever!
I call those daily interruptions the best part of my day. My day used to be about my day meaning that the busyness of the day was my priority. My schedule and my agenda dominated my thinking and played a major role in my day more than God. Now I interrupt the busyness of the day with God. He is the constant thread throughout the day and I make that thread more apparent by letting my love for God stand out several times a day. The interruptions were planned at first but now they are more spontaneous. I have my praise breaks, my prayer times and my “joy injections”. They are all injections. We need to inject Jesus into our days as often as possible. He makes the day more enjoyable and He brings so much peace and joy. Praying to Him all day is the best habit I have ever developed because it increases my faith. It stops me from getting anxious and it neutralizes stress when it tries to control me. Prayer is the perfect ingredient for a great day with God. It is the interruption you need because it won’t let you sink into a hole of fear and distress.
The daily interruptions are a powerful way to stay connected with God. You can hear from Him and receive wisdom throughout the day. They are what you need to maintain a healthy relationship with the Lord. They can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more. The more you have them, the more you will understand how they work because every time you take the time to pray you take the time to be in sync with the Holy Spirit. He will guide you and encourage you. He will tell when to take a praise break and when to dive into a prayer session. With time and practice it will become second nature and you will be able to pray without ceasing like the Bible says. God deserves most of our attention and a few sessions a day is something we can do and it is worth it. The spiritual boost you will gain from the daily “God interruptions” is going to change you on the inside and bless you on the outside. Have daily interruptions for God. Let your day be all about Him.
Suggested reading: Psalm 139:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Ephesians 1:18