“…pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Without a doubt we are commanded to pray. Jesus told His disciples to pray and not give up (Luke 18:1-8). Paul commanded us to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Peter wrote that we are to be self-controlled so that we can pray (1 Peter 4:7). James commanded us to pray for each other (James 5:16). If failing to do something we are commanded to do is sin, then prayerlessness is surely a major sin for believers.
Perhaps the most foundational issue here is that prayerlessness is a declaration that we do not need God. Ronnie Floyd, in his great book, How to Pray, said there are two critical statements about prayer that we must understand: “Prayer occurs when you depend on God” and “Prayerlessness occurs when you depend on yourself.”
–Taken from the article, The Sin of Prayerlessness by Dave Butts. (Click on the title to read the entire article).
Lord God, I know that often I do not connect with You in prayer, and that this lack of obedience grieves Your heart and keeps me from developing a closer relationship with You. Forgive me for my arrogance, pride and neglect of spending my day connected to Your heart. Renew my desire to speak to You, and to spend time listening to Your voice. Touch my spirit so that I am continually aware of Your Presence.
Praise God for being the God of all creation (Gen. 1:31). Thank God for the variety in his creation, in plants and animals, and especially in people (Rom. 12:4-6). Confess to him your lack of appreciation for so many of the things he has done and made (1 Tim. 4:4-5). Commit each day to the Lord, showing special appreciation for one thing in nature that you’ve not noticed in the past. Ask God to help you be more observant as you are involved in your daily activities, praising him abundantly (Ps. 135).
Pray that your appreciation of little things will help your family and friends be more appreciative of the beauty of God’s creation (Psalm 148).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).