Prayer: Last or First Option?

“Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry! For my soul has had enough troubles, and my life has drawn near to Sheol.” (Ps 88:2-3)
 
When our souls begin to cry “I have had enough troubles!” we stand on the precipice of understanding and humility. Only when our comforts have dwindled away, our own efforts to sustain ourselves have failed, and the trials of life loom larger than we can endure alone do we truly recognize our smallness in the cosmos.
 
All Christians should pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17), but so often we don’t learn to do that until we are placed in a position where prayer is the only option left. After we turn to it as the last resort, then we can be taught that prayer should be the FIRST option. Trials teach us the power of prayer because only prayer worked, and then we begin to build better habits.
 
Ask the mature Christians and they will tell you: we should bring “everything by prayer and supplication” to the Lord (see Php 4:6). No matter how busy we get, we should take the apostles advice and “devote ourselves to prayer” (Acts 6:4).
 
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