Today’s Devotional – I Pray Because I Love
Every morning I wake up with a call from my daughter. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever need an alarm clock again.
It’s always the same, “How’s your day going?” Before my day even starts.
Clearing my throat, I sit up in bed and tell her it’s good, and from there we both start our day.
The first month she moved out on her own, we talked on the phone for close to a hundred hours. I wouldn’t have thought it was possible had I not seen the phone bill with my own two eyes. The thing is, when you love someone you want them to be a part of your day. With a speaker phone, I was able to talk to her while I was driving, while I was cooking, while I was working, and while I was getting ready for bed. Of course it’s tapered off dramatically since then, but we still talk quite a bit.
When the Bible says, “Pray without ceasing” I get it. I pray because I love. When you love Jesus, talking to Him is a natural part of your day. I don’t have to wait until I’m tucked away in a closet to speak to my Savior–I can pray anywhere–anytime. And I do.
The thing is, God wants us to have a consistent and persistent prayer life. Not one that’s here today and gone tomorrow, but rather one that’s strong today and even stronger tomorrow. He wants to be a part of our life each and every day sharing both the good times and bad.
Our greatest sorrow should never be unanswered prayer, but rather the failures we’ve made to take things to prayer. That we gave up when we should have pressed on. That we looked down when we could have looked up.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Psalm 51:10-19.
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, KJV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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