Practice the presence of God through Prayer

 My newest painting of Christ titled - Prayer

My newest painting of Christ titled - Prayer

I’ll be the first to admit, I am extremely inconsistent in my prayer life. Often I forget to pray until I need or want something, or until something bad happens to me or someone I know. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. Not to say that I haven’t given effort, because I have. Seasons come and go where I am deliberate about it and get into a routine, but then life happens and I guess I have more important things to do…

 

I once heard a preacher talk about breath prayers. A breath prayer is just a short sentence at any point during the day to keep God top-of-mind and humbly recognize Him as your creator and King. An example: Say you’re working in your office and you quickly speak out to God, “Thank you Lord for my job and your provision.’ That's it. It doesn’t have to be formal or long and drawn out. It’s unscripted and in the moment. It’s quick and simple but when you practice this throughout the day in all situations it is intended to enhance your relationship with Christ and create an ongoing dialogue. I need to do this more often as well. Practice what you preach. Ha

 

This quote I read recently is a beautiful definition of prayer:

“Prayer is the Practice of the Presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made.  Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.  Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian.  Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope.  Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.” -Matt Slick

 

If this definition doesn’t inspire and move you, check your pulse…you might be dead.

Lance Brown