I don’t have much of a “green-thumb,” but there’s something I do know about the principal of planting. Whenever a seed is sown into the ground, it shall bring forth a harvest. It even says in Genesis, that as long as the Earth endures, there shall forever be a seed time and harvest. Might I suggest, we begin to view our prayer lives this way?
Let me explain. When you first plant a seed in the ground, there’s great excitement. But as the days go by, you kind of just forget about it. Issue is, if that seed isn’t getting the proper nutrients it needs, it will never sprout. Which is honestly the equivalent of many of our prayer lives. We get super excited about praying, but after a few days of no results, we give up.
Throughout the NT, we see continual reminders from Paul to persist in prayer. In my personal opinion, our prayers must first take root before they bear fruit. And as far as my understanding goes, you can’t see roots above the ground. So, it’s not that prayer isn’t effective, it’s just some solid roots need to be established first.
Sometimes, we see other people pray and things shift quickly. We compare, begin to get discouraged and give up. But what you see is the fruit, but have you examined their roots? I guarantee you, they stretch far and wide into the ground below. Want some advice?
No matter how difficult life gets or how much it seems prayer is ineffective, keep praying your way through.
“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
Genesis 8:22 NIV
Song(s) Meditation: Keep Praying by Maverick City
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Do you struggle with prayer? What is it about praying that makes you apathetic? What do you think will shift your mindset about it?