There’s that classic Bon Jovi song that goes something along the lines of
“Gina works the diner all day Working for her man, She brings home her pay
For love, for love She says, ‘We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not. We’ve got each other and that’s a lot. For love we’ll give it a shot.‘”
That pretty much sums it up a lot. There’s no where else to go. You’re stuck. You’re in a rut. And you’re doing your best but it doesn’t seem that your best is good enough. And then the song goes into that famous chorus
“Whoa, we’re half way there Whoa, livin’ on a prayer Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear Whoa, livin’ on a prayer.”
Yup. That’s it. Living on a prayer. And it’s hard to do that. It’s so tough to do that. And we don’t like doing that. We don’t like just living on a prayer. Even if we’re supposed to take their hand and hear the promise that we’ll make it. We want to be doing more than just living on a prayer.
The thing is, is that we’re supposed to be living on prayer.
Yeah, I said it.
We’re supposed to be doing exactly what we really don’t want to do. Instead of trying hard to make it on our own, instead of working real hard at life and make ends meet on our own, we’re supposed to live on prayer. We try so hard to survive, but we’re not made to survive, we were made to thrive!
And we thrive through prayer.
Jesus thrived. He did a lot in three years. He lived and moved amongst the people. He lived and taught and healed and did miraculous things. And you’d think that’d weary anyone out. Yet he thrived. He repeatedly went out to pray. He repeatedly went to spend time with the Father. Seeking. Leaning. Praying. And he taught his disciples to do the same thing. To seek God in prayer. To lean upon God in prayer. In all times, in all situations, to be in prayer.
And we thrive through prayer. We live on prayer.
Prayer is communicating with God. Prayer is being connected to God. Prayer is about listening to God. Prayer is not about changing God but being changed by God. God works in our lives through prayer. He moves us, leads us, guides us, directs us through prayer.
Too many times we treat coming to God as giving Hi a to-do list. We are told to lay all our anxieties upon him, yet we don’t listen to what he wants us to do with them. We ramble on and then walk away without listening for His answer to us. Prayer is a conversation with God. Part of conversing with someone is listening as much as talking.
When we live on prayer, we listen to God through prayer. When we live on prayer, we learn to rely on God through prayer.
So many times we say to people “Well, the least I can do is pray for you.” That’s so wrong. The best thing we can do is to pray for someone. The best thing we can do is approach the God of the universe with all that we have, leaving nothing behind, bearing our souls to Him.
What I’ve always found interesting is how prayer is to be used. Paul writes that we are to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He writes that when we don’t know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit prays for us in groans that only God can understand (Romans 8:26). And then in Ephesians 6, Paul lays out how we are to put on the armor of God and what said armor is used for. He then ends that section by talking about prayer as the ultimate weapon in the arsenal of the armor of God.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
We are to live on prayer. Prayer is to be our priority in living. And we are to live on prayer.
How are you living on prayer? How is prayer changing you? How are you connecting to God and listening to Him in prayer?