“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1)

This devotional – coupled with yesterday’s message at Saddleback Church – emphasizes the importance of prayer in our daily lives. It’s not just a 5-minute exercise or a to-do item to cross off the checklist, but a conversation and a way of living that needs to happen all day, every day. It helps me discern and know God’s will as I am faced with so much input – purpose-driven work, good but misaligned work, irrelevant work, bad work, temptation, temptations, difficulty, etc. that my head spins, and I have a high chance of making poor or subpar decisions without His wisdom. And if I want to play a game I can win, I need to bring my all-star player with me.

A really cool parallel that Os Hillman makes in today’s passage is that prayers are like the rail for God’s work. God’s will and my work are the locomotive that is full of power, waiting to be put into motion; but it will either crash, not get very far, or not go at all without prayer.

I am reminded that prayer is NOT a flat tire that should only be used when things go wrong; and not to limit God’s power, day after day, by not taking God with me first and throughout everything I do. Big or small, good times and bad, it doesn’t matter…I want to make God authority and invite His favor into every little thing I do and think.

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