I want to pray but cannot do it. I want to read the scriptures but cannot do it. I planned to pray and read the Bible but due to some unforeseen circumstances, I could not make it. I cannot concentrate while I sit to pray or reading the word of GOD. Are you relating to these sentences? Are you facing these situations in your life? How do you cope? I tell you maximum times we all plan and execute but then this also does not last long. After a few days, we become victims of the same situations and feel helpless. Many of us find ourselves adrift to reach a devoted life in prayers and reading the Bible.
How do general people feel
One day a cousin of mine who was being sent to one of the best engineering colleges in India asked a holy man what to do as he was unable to concentrate on his studies. As studying in one of the best Indian Institutes means his classmates would be the best ones, his faculty would be like no other institutes will have. They all would be teaching and following the concept of working hard but his problem was he was unable to concentrate on his studies even when he was in the fellowship of studies and talented people. He willingly went to that engineering institute thus ruling out the condition that he was not interested in becoming an engineer. The holy man had no perfect solution for his problem. He suggested him to concentrate and study.
We are happy to be followers of Christ. We also keep our fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters or/and with the godly men. We have bible apps in our mobiles and Bibles in the bags we carry. But we maintain a very slow pace. We come to know about this when we face problems one by one and seek the guidance of some godly men and they, in turn, teach us to pray.
What scripture says?
Lord says in Luke 21: 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. The same warning is given to Peter by Jesus in Mathew 26:41 “ Watch and Pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Revelation 2:7 “ He who was able to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God”, which was forbidden to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3: 22. This message of HOLY SPIRIT says the church needs to remain victorious that is the church members need to keep on overcoming temptations, habitual sins, doctrinal errors and the anxieties of life.
Paul teaches the same in 1 Corinthians 9:24.-27. All run but the only winner gets the medal in the race. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. On this earth, if its a matter of doing engineering or doctorate or winning in games or perfecting any other arts we do it for a crown that will not last forever. But we know we are working hard to get the crown that will last forever. To win such a crown which is forever we also need to work harder and longer. We must always keep this in mind that we are not aimlessly running without any goal.
Come out of your comfort zone:
We must come out of our comfort zone. Lord many times warned us in the Bible to be on our watch. Watch so that we may not fall into temptations. Ephesians 5:1 says “ Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children”. Paul instructs us to imitate Jesus just like one beloved child will be to his parents. Let us see what Jesus taught us. Jesus sets three examples of prayer styles throughout his life.
First is, Jesus went to prayers whenever he got time after getting free from the people who followed him. He prayed early morning when it was still dark Mark 1: 35 and at nights Luke 6:12. He prayed during these two times for long hours to have undisturbed communion with GOD. Thus setting a very good example before us that we should spare time off for meditating the word of GOD and prayers daily besides our hectic schedules.
Second is, Luke 9:18 says, once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him. These were those disciples whom Jesus himself called at the beginning of his ministry and who left everything in their life to follow Jesus. They were there with him always. Yet Jesus found his privacy to pray. We also should separate our times of meditation in spite of being the company of friends, fellows, beloved family members.
The third is, the Bible tells that Jesus prayed after great achievements and important crises of HIS life. (Mathew 14: 23) After he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. This happened after he fed five thousand people from five loaves of bread and two fishes. (John 6: 15) Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. Good prayers are needed after great achievements for which we would have longed and prayed earlier in life or after attending great congregations and alike when we are in crisis or stress.
Thus, the only answer to our good meditating life lies in our resolution to come out of our comfort zones and be imitators of Jesus, just like his beloved children. Train your flesh and mind on the above points and remember to make each day better than the other.