Opinion

Prayer is life

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10

Pastor Chris Carr from Harmony Bible Church shared a story from Kathy Keller on prayer. Kathy Keller is the wife of Tim Keller, a retired pastor who served at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Kathy Keller illustrates prayer like this. Suppose our doctor told us that we had a fatal heart condition that now has a new medication.

To treat the heart condition a person must take a pill every evening. That medication would keep the person alive for many years. We would never miss taking that pill every evening.

Prayer is like that. Individuals and couples would begin praying daily if we really believed the importance of prayer.

Kathy and Tim Keller have rarely missed an evening prayer together since. Even if traveling, a brief phone call of prayer together is not missed.

I can give kudos to my wife also. Cindy recently suggested we read our Bible from the back. So I started Old Testament reading at Malachi instead of Genesis.

Malachi is only four chapters, so you can read through it in four days, one chapter per day. Or, at a slower pace, you can make it through Malachi in eight days at half a chapter per day!

Malachi chides the Israelites, and especially their priestly leaders, for not honoring the LORD. They were bringing blind and crippled animals to sacrifice.

Perhaps my prayer life, and yours, is a bit like that. Instead of praying every day, we might spend time with God once a week, or even less.

Prayer comes in many forms. Like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, we might pray or talk with God as we go through our daily work.

Prayer can also be a regular time, however brief, specifically devoted to God. For example, Daniel prayed three times per day (Daniel 6:10).

2019 might be a good year to reset on prayer, as individuals, as couples, as families.