1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, “Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

          Recently I was casually perusing the mall with my family when a rustic picture frame around a simple phrase caught my eye. Immediately in my heart, I knew I had to buy the picture. I tried to just move past, but I kept being drawn back to the profoundness I found in the simple phrase, “Did You Think To Pray”. I needed it for my home, as a reminder, and as a statement of the type of person I want to be.

           How often have we found ourselves overwhelmed with the cares of this life: work, school, the kids, and all our other responsibilities. They weigh us down, and distract us from things like prayer. It is so easy to become distracted and to let our prayer life slip off the list of to do’s each day. Before too long, we feel our joy begin to slip away, and the peace of our joy is replaced with the fear of our anxiety.

          Did you think to pray today? There is a new job opportunity and it sounds really good. Did you think to pray? My finances are a mess, and I don’t know how I am going to fix them. Did you think to pray over them today? Relationships that I hold dear are in jeopardy. Did you think to pray over them? There is a God who cares about all of the things that will keep us awake at night, and all we have to do is bring our needs to him in prayer.

          Lord, help me to be a person of prayer. Help me to create a lifestyle of prayer, a lifestyle that makes time for prayer. Not out of duty, but out of the desire of my heart to be in your presence. There is nothing I am going through that can’t be made better without prayer. Help me to be somebody that prays continually that my strength will not fail. You are bigger than all my problems, and you are the most important relationship that I have. Prayer is how I nurture that relationship, prayer is how I touch you. Help me, Lord, everyday to ask myself, “Did you think to pray?”

          Anthony Yanney