October – a month for prayer

As we enter into October, we have some wonderful opportunities to rise up in prayer. If your prayer life needs a make-over then this is the month for you!

I often think that a lack of prayer is linked to a ‘making do’ with the world we have around us; i.e. we manage. There’s no big crisis that encroaches on us or our loved ones, therefore we carry on regardless.

I also compare a lack of prayer to living off a diet that is bland and repetitive. We are able to live off it but we are missing out on variety, flavour and a whole host of good things! When we engage with God in prayer we open up our lives to a whole banquet of his presence, guidance, wisdom, connection and spiritual nourishment! In prayer, our spirit starts to connect with the Holy Spirit in ways that we never thought possible and we are opened up to seeing with the eyes of faith. Even when we are disappointed in an outcome, the place of intimate prayer and communion with the Lord soothes us into a place of trust, hope and receiving his grace.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16 and 17 the exhortation is, ‘Be joyful always, pray continually.’ Another version says, ‘Pray frequently.’ Making prayer a priority cannot be over-estimated, yet we are often compromised by time constraints, feeling unworthy, guilty, or feeling unheard. Consequently we easily fall into the routine of using prayer as a ‘crisis button’.

Making prayer a frequent activity isn’t easy, especially when we are out of the habit, but I pray that by the end of the month we will have moved into a new place of confidence and commitment as we give way to whatever God has got in store for us!