“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
The school year has begun. The slow pace of summer has been replaced with early mornings, late nights of homework, deadlines, and a busyness that can make anyone feel like they’re drowning.
Often during the school year, we can’t seem to find the time amid this busyness for prayer. We put everything else on the throne of our hearts, expecting good grades and everything else to fill and satisfy us, when it only leaves us emptier. We forget that the peace, joy, and grace that we need comes from Jesus, and from the time we spend with Him in prayer.
Personally, daily prayer has always been a struggle for me. When I go to pray, suddenly everything else in the world seems like a “better idea.” My room is a mess, I have to do that one other thing, and SOCIAL MEDIA…these are just a few distractions I have on a daily basis. But as I’ve grown in my faith, I see how messy and miserable my life is without daily quality time with Jesus.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me, you can do nothing.” In this verse, Jesus didn’t say that without Him we can’t do some things, He said we can do NOTHING. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes try to do things on my own. I try to “prove myself” to a God who holds me into being; without whom I can do nothing. Looking at it like that, I guess it sounds pretty silly.
Here are three things to remember as you think about personal prayer:
- Prayer is all about RELATIONSHIP. Jesus wants to spend time with you. He wants you to share your heart with Him. He wants to be in relationship with you. He wants your heart, and in return He wants to give you everything.
- In order to BE FREE and BE LOVE, we have to BE HIS. We can’t BE LOVE if we do not first spend time with Him who IS LOVE.
- Be consistent and be honest. There’s no magic formula or “right way” to pray. Find something that works for you and DO IT. Every. single. day.
Remember to take some time, if even a few minutes, in silence. Just sit quietly in the presence of Jesus and let Him love you. Slow down in the midst of the busyness that life brings and be still. Make Jesus the King of your heart; your everything.
Mother Teresa said, “In the silence of the heart, God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God fills you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”
I’ll be praying for you all during this school year!
A call to action: Come up with a plan for your prayer time, keeping in mind the three tips listed above. Then, schedule a specific time every day to pray. Write it down in your planner or on your phone calendar and stick with it, just like you would a class, an appointment, or a coffee date with you BFF. It might be hard at first, but being consistent and faithful will definitely bear fruit in your life.