Luke 18:1 (LLB) And he told them a parable to show that they must always pray and not be discouraged.

“Rose, why do you pray like this?” Funmi asked. “If you were in my shoes what would you have done? With all the problems I have, prayer is my only way of escape! I will rest if my problems can just reduce”. Rose responded.

One would expect that Rose would grow so fast spiritually and become a very mature believer because she prayed a lot, but that was not the case and this was because her motive was wrong. She saw prayer only as a means of solving her problems. If God had solved all her problems, she would have stopped praying.

Rose’s prayer was motivated by her problems and Funmilayo would not pray at all since she had no such problems. Jesus said however that, you must always pray; pray as a lifestyle; and never be discouraged. Your motivation should be because God commands it, and prayer is communing with your heavenly Father who you love.

Whether there is an obvious need or not, the Bible says “pray constantly” (1Thess 5:17 LEB).

Prayer becomes a time of fellowship with God when you pray out of a desire to please God and not just to solve problems. Because you are obeying God, He becomes obliged to meet your needs (Matthew 6:32-33) even before you ask.

One way to check your spiritual health is to check whether you are still praying, and what motivates your prayer.

Go into today knowing that the ultimate aim of prayer is fellowship with God and not necessarily to solve problems.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I choose to be motivated by your word. Let my prayer time become a time of fellowshipping with you. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

Bible in 1 Year: John 7-9 (in today’s audio)
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