Life of Prayer
How good are you at keeping to a prayer life? It can be difficult, especially with the long list of tasks we have throughout the day. Being a new mom, I find that it's hard to find time to sleep and think, making it a challenge to put in the time for good, meaningful prayer. When we get caught up in the busy days, life can feel like it's going non-stop, and we forget to slow down and actually take the time to see all that we've been blessed with, praying in thanks for all that we have. God shows us that we need to rely on Him and take the time to build relationship, starting through prayer. What about you? Do you have a handle on your prayer life?
Today's Gospel states: 'And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" And one of the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer"' (Mark 9:14-29).
In today's reading, Jesus puts a special emphasis on prayer, especially when it comes to matters of life and death. The most important element of faith is building relationship with God. This starts through developing a prayer life and then implementing that faith in your everyday life. Though it may not always be an easy task, it is definitely the most important, even amidst all of the countless tasks that you may have on your list. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you take the time for prayer.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to see the importance of prayer in my day. Help me to take the time to build relationship with You through prayer even when I am at my busiest.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.