Scripture to Read: Romans 8
To be Jesus-centered, we must pray daily with passion and purpose. So, how do we do this and create an environment for others to do the same? We start by choosing to pray. Choosing to pray may sound simple, but with all of the distractions of our daily schedules, making this choice is never easy. Choosing to pray with passion and purpose means crucifying our fleshly desires (remember Galatians 5:17–24 from day one this week) so that we choose to love to pray. Martin Luther said many years ago, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Prayer should be just as natural to us as it is to breathe each day. Prayer breathes life into our souls as we grow in deep fellowship with our Heavenly Father through our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit in us. We know Jesus loved to pray (Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16). Jesus knew that daily fellowship with our Heavenly Father was critical to each day’s plans. When we consider that our Lord Jesus Christ, while living on this earth had daily fellowship with our Heavenly Father, it shows why spending time in prayer is so critical for us each day. God tells us in Ephesians 6 that after we put on His full armor, we are still not ready for the battlefield of this life until we pray (Ephesians 6:18). So, devote yourself to pray today (Colossians 4:2), and don't miss what God has for you.
Challenge & Application
· What did you learn today about praying with passion and purpose that you did not know before?
· How will you apply what God has taught you, and how will you share with others what God has taught you?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!