KEEP WALKING, KEEP TALKING

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. (Acts 3:1)
 
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
 
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16)
 
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
 
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. (Daniel 6:10-11)
The people we are closest to are the ones we message most frequently and talk to about everything. It should be the same with our relationships with God - and the tool to communion is prayer. Paul instructs us to be “devoted to prayer” in Colossians 4:2. 
 
Prayer isn’t always easy - we all know that - so we wanted to look at Jesus’ models for it and some practical application for our own prayer lives. One of the key parts is getting a prayer place, somewhere to go each day and be in conversation with Jesus. 
 
Jesus got up early to be alone, away from the distractions of life. My prayer place is sat on my bed first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening as well as a daily walk - around 15 minutes. Try and find somewhere where you can be still and it is quiet to talk and listen. I would suggest not taking your phone to this prayer place. Time with God is more important than replying immediately to messages or reading a breaking news flash.
 
During the rest of my day, I use phone reminders to prompt me for different prayers - for praise, my lost list, the Lord’s Prayer, a grace and an examen before bed. Sometimes I will be working and so I take just a minute to pray whereas other times I have longer. 
 
On a corporate level, we have the 8am Zoom prayer meetings every day, ASK on the first Sunday of the month and life groups. These are all great places to come and spend time in prayer with others wanting to do the same. Cameron and I also set up Armoury on the first Saturday evening of each month as a place to wait on God, to have no agenda other than to come and listen to what He wants to say and lead our evenings. If you want to get involved, email armouryprayer@gmail.com. For many, making the 8am prayer meeting every day is simply not feasible. Why not commit to coming once or twice a week - and maybe encourage a friend to do the same?
 
Life is busy. We all have commitments, to-do lists and deadlines. Jesus had plenty going on too. But even in those busy moments, He “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” - despite the busyness, he still found time to prioritise prayer. That doesn’t just happen easily for us, we need to take practical steps to do so.
  1. Where could you make your prayer place? Make sure it is somewhere realistic and achievable to visit daily.  
  2. When can you make sure you visit that prayer place each day? Pick a time or times that you know you can stick to each day.
  3. What are the greatest challenges preventing you from spending time in regular prayer? Ask God to reveal what is stopping you for praying and for Him to grow in you a devotion to prayer. 
  4. And how would your days and life look different if you had scheduled prompts to pray throughout and were as devoted to praying as other aspects? 
Lord God, thank You that You give us unlimited, open access to Your presence. Help me to be a follower devoted to prayer - I want to be in a constant, living conversation with You, to talk to You daily and to listen to what You want to say to me. Please reveal to me where my prayer place can be and give me a passion for prayer. Amen.
Today’s Everyday Devotions were brought to you by Joshua Jones and Cameron Johnson, part of the Wimbledon venue. 
 
If you have time, consider carrying on your conversation with God using one of our helpful Prayer Pathways.
 
Today’s Everyday Devotions have also inspired a devotional video that you can watch on our YouTube channel.

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