“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:21 NLT
What makes life meaningful? Where do you find meaning? What brings meaning to your prayer life? Bonnie McKernan with Desiring God ministries wrote, “Set prayer apart. The more we pray, the more we want to pray. To do this, you need to build it into the rhythm of your day any way you can: set alarms, leave notes, put it in your day planner. Prayer is a practice that requires discipline and perseverance, and we should own the cost. Prayer is the greatest act of our day, and we must fight for it. And not just in times of need. It matters how we train and prepare for the battle.” Prayer is the battle. Paul writes about the heat of the battle, “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” Grace is free, but it’s not cheap. Self-righteous works cheapen the grace of God. Grace is a gift; you don’t deserve it and you can’t earn it. Just like grace, prayer is a gift from God. God gives you the gift of His presence. What makes life meaningful? God makes my life meaningful. What brings meaning to your prayer life? God’s Word brings meaning to your prayer life. Someone has said, “The most important key to a vibrant prayer life is to understand our spiritual authority in Christ as explained in the Scriptures. The only way to do that is to become intimately familiar with the Bible. Even a few minutes a day in the Word of God will add strength and authority to your prayers in 2023.” Pray scripture over your list of needs. Pray scripture over your relationships and family. Pray scripture over your colleagues at work. Pray scripture over your classmates at school. Pray scripture over our church. Pray scripture over our nation and world. Pray scripture over our missionaries. It’s time to put the scripture back into our prayer lives. It’s time to put the meaning back in prayer.