For some reason, when the New Year hits, all of a sudden there is this great epiphany for most people (myself included), and we see things clearer than we did before.  I was sitting in church Sunday Morning, the first Sunday of the New Year, which happened to be New Years day, and it was announced that the church would be having a week of prayer and on the last night they would be praying the whole night through, non-stop, until the break of dawn.  A bit much eh?  Could I really keep my eyes open for 10 hours to talk to the father? I could barely pray for 30 minutes without sneaking a 2 minute power nap in between sentences. And is there really that much to pray for??  I say this not to be facetious, and maybe that last paragraph was a little exaggerated, but I had a real eye opener in church that day.

The sermon touched on the scripture where Jesus prayed all night, in anticipation of a huge challenge He had to face. The scripture said He prayed earnestly, until His sweat was like drops of blood. Wow. That is some serious prayer right there. Jesus knew what was ahead and so he prayed.  The thought instantly came to mind that we are entering into a new year and we have no idea what lies ahead, how much more earnestly should we be praying? Can you imagine what life would be like, and how minor challenges would seem if we made a habit of praying fervently like that?

The bible tells us that we should always pray, and that we should pray without ceasing.  I always knew prayer was important, but for whatever reason hearing it that morning made something click. I’m used to praying short and quick prayers, having the mindset of “at least I prayed”, thinking that was enough. But God wants more. He said: “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (Amplified Bible)

Being constant in prayer will keep you ahead of the game and prepared for anything that comes your way.  If you want to be successful throughout 2012, pray. If you want to know the heart of God, pray. If you’re in need of direction, pray. It’s going to take more than a 3-5 minute prayer before we go to bed, or just as we’re about to run out of the house to work.  James 5:16 tells us that “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” That’s pretty deep. Results in every aspect of your life are just a prayer away. If you would make it a goal to make prayer a habit, it makes all the difference in the world and you are guaranteed to win.

This year, don’t wait until something happens before deciding to pray more. There is so much to pray for.  Let’s keep prayer at the top of our list.

By: Marie W.