Here are some verses that keep nudging at my mind:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Col 4:2)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Rom 12:12)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess 5:16-18)
Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)And then, an example:
He is always wrestling in prayer for you. (Col 4:12)Now, I know we pray, not because we have to, but because we get to. Prayer is a privilege. It's a gift. It's our response to grace. It's the fruit of a relationship.
We pray because, in Jesus, we can approach God with confidence (Heb 10:19-25). We pray because the God of the universe is our Father (Matt 6:9). We pray, because where else have we to go? (John 6:68) We pray because God is our help and strength (Psalm 46:1).
Yet sometimes what I really need is a kick in the pants. A reminder to get praying, even when I don't feel like it.
Because prayer is not just a gift: it's also hard work, the hard work that responds to grace (Phil 2:12-13). It requires self-discipline and commitment. It struggles and wrestles and perseveres.
Prayer not just a privilege: it's also a responsibility. It's love in action. We do it for others, not just for ourselves.
So that's why I've listed these verses. For me; and for you, in case you, too, need God’s word to give you a kick in the praying pants.
This post first appeared at The Briefing.