10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,… Romans 12:12 (NASB)
The early disciples were devoted to prayer. We all know the importance of prayer, but sometimes our practice of it doesn’t reflect its importance. Our Biblical call is to be devoted to prayer. That means it shouldn’t be a tag-on, but very much a part of who we are, a habit of priority. If we watch the life of Jesus, we see that he would often withdraw to a solitary place and pray. It was an often occurrence, not an exceptional one. If we study the life of the early church, we quickly notice how much they depended on prayer and made it a part of their everyday life together.
This is our call too. The command of Romans 12:12 is for us today. Prayer, like sound doctrine, fellowship and breaking of bread needs to be a stake in the ground, a part of our foundation, that holds our life in place. What will it take to cultivate a healthy habit of prayer in your life? What will it take to make it a priority. Make every effort to get it right because it affects everything…absolutely everything!