To the question, "Do you pray every night?" a little boy replied, "No, some nights I don't need anything." This attitude is not limited to children; adults have it, too. Of all the things Christians need, a regular prayer life must be at the top of the list.
A Christian is shaped from constant contact with God. There is no other process. A follower of Christ, therefore, who does not make prayer the love of his/her life will be hindered in their spiritual progress. The perfect example of the importance of prayer in a person's life is found in the life of Jesus Christ. He was a man of prayer. He prayed, for example, at many great events and for many different things in his life:
His baptism (Lk. 3:21)
In choosing the twelve (Lk. 6:12-13)
At his transfiguration (Lk. 9:28-29)
For the unity of all believers (Jn. 17:20-26)
About sacrifice and service (Jn. 12:23-28)
About the cross (death) (Mt. 26:36-39)
Every goal that is worthwhile in our lives; every effort that is worthwhile in the life and work of the church; every good cause that is worthwhile in the world should be prayed about. Many people find it hard to find time to pray in our modern, rushing-here-and-there society. During Jesus' ministry he was very busy. He was popular and the crowds swirled about him. He had very little time for himself. Yet he still made time to pray. He sometimes prayed alone in secret (Mk. 1:35; Lk. 5:15-16) and for long periods of time (Lk 6:12). On one occasion the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Lk. 11:1ff). The Lord honored their request. Throughout the New Testament we find ample proof that the disciples not only learned how to pray, they also practiced a life of prayer.
They devoted themselves...to prayer (Acts 2:42)
Give yourselves to fasting and prayer (1 Cor. 7:5)
Be clear minded...so that you can pray (1 Pet. 4:7)
Pray for each other (James 5:16)
When we pray, God is always listening; always ready to answer our request according to his perfect will. If we seek to follow the example of the early church and the Scriptures, we will live a life of prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.