“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” – Luke 6:12 (NKJV)
There are two primary ways to choose a lifestyle – you either choose one deliberately or you choose one by default. When you choose by default, you merely copy whatever culture and traditions are around you or reflect the trends prevalent in your environment. A deliberate lifestyle however is one you intentionally cultivate, usually with an end in mind.
Looking at the life of Jesus, prayer was not a random happenstance or something that occurred accidentally. Jesus did not pray because things were good or because they were bad. He simply prayed. Always. His circumstances did not influence His prayers, rather His prayers influenced His circumstances. And because prayer for Him was a way of life and not a task to be performed, He lived a life that was consistently connected to God and in line with the Father’s will.
Confession: Today, I choose to be deliberate in my prayer life. Like Jesus, I choose to live a lifestyle of prayer.