I often encounter a misconception about prayer that I call the saltshaker principle. Namely that a little prayer here, a little prayer there – like we’re seasoning our food with salt – should be enough. I’m here to tell you that a little “seasoning” is not enough. We need to saturate our lives in prayer!
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
In fact, we’re told that we’re to pray at all times about all things; that our lives should be lived with a continual, abiding attitude of prayerful devotion and dependence upon God. As followers of Christ, we ought always to be a mere breath away from prayer. But I’ve discovered in my own life that I won’t pray “anywhere and everywhere” until I first pray somewhere.
So what does it look like to pray without ceasing? It means to pray as often as we can, about everything that we can.
A habit is something we can’t stop doing – something we do constantly. And our habits, once we form them, form us. But not all habits are bad! We are told in the Scripture that the vital habit of the believer should be prayer. We should cultivate the habit of prayer, and make it a “habit” of our hearts.
and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
When was the last time you missed a meal because you prayed? When was the last time you prayed late into the night because you were burdened? When was the last time you got up early in the morning because you need to seek the face of God?
Today, make it your mission to pray as often as you can. Don’t worry if your prayers are not lengthy or well-thought out. Just keep the lines of communication open with God all day. Talk to Him as you would to a close friend.