I think God wants me to pray.
I could have known this when Jesus told the parable about how we "ought always to pray and never lose heart." Or what about when Paul says that we should "pray without ceasing."
I could have picked it up from Paul as he was giving young Timothy some teaching about how we should be making all sorts of prayers for all sorts of people. He later tells Timothy that the men (especially) should pray everywhere.
I could have learned it from any of those passages, or a dozen others like them, but I didn't. I learn most everything the hard way. Through trials.
It is through difficulties and challenges that I turn to God most diligently. I wish it wasn't so... I really do, but I know that it is.
Life has been fairly smooth for awhile now, but God has recently allowed me to face a couple of minor challenges. These things have left me realizing, more than ever, the necessity of prayer in the Christian's life. It is so important that John Bunyan said, "If thou art not a praying man, thou art not a Christian."
So, I have been praying. Praying more than ever. Getting up early to pray. Turning my headphones off while I am running, so I can pray. Praying on the bus in the morning. Praying on my walk to school. Praying during the day for the kids.
I have been reading books on prayer and prayer books. Anything I can do to assist my growth in prayer.
This morning, after the bus dropped me off and I was heading to school, I was praying while I was walking. It lasted for a few moments, then I started to get distracted. Just as my mind was leaving that state of prayer, I looked up and saw this sight.
Like I said, I could have known the importance of prayer from many different sources. In the end though, God is graciously bringing these reminders into my life. And I praise him for it.
If you are not a praying person, then I challenge you to be. Get on your knees this week. Pray. Cry out to God. Pray for your family and your friends. Get a prayer book and pray through those prayers. Pray through the Psalms. Write your own prayers. Just Pray.