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Holding Constant

In a world dominated by the allure of instant gratification, where the desire for quick fixes and fast solutions infiltrates every aspect of our lives, from microwave dinners to the quick warmth of instant coffee, we often wish for the same speed in our spiritual lives.

We wonder, can our connection with God be as instant as heating a 90-second rice sachet? As pressing a temptation as it might be to live a life of 'microwavable' faith, we need to ask - is this what a real relationship with God is?

Would we prefer a microwavable marriage, friendship, or parenthood?

Likely not, for we understand intuitively that depth, growth, and authentic connection takes time.

This brings us to the heart of a compelling narrative that unfolds in the book of Acts, specifically in the moments following Jesus' ascension. The disciples, faced with the colossal task of establishing what would come after Him found themselves in a state of waiting—a command from Jesus Himself. This waiting was not passive but active and intentional, anchored in persistent prayer. It inspires a pertinent question for us today: what does our current prayer life look like?

Are we engaged in constant and persistent prayer, as was the early church?

The disciples' response to Jesus' ascension, to 'join together constantly in prayer' (Acts 1:14, NIV), presents a beautiful example for us.

Their unyielding dedication to prayer wasn't out of a lack of activity or mere religious duty but from a deep understanding of their dependence on the Holy Spirit.

They recognized that the task ahead could not hinge on human talents or abilities but a vital partnership with God.

This narrative challenges our modern-day perspectives, urging us to examine our own persistence in prayer. It asks us to reconsider our expectations of prayer as a quick fix rather than a deep, ongoing conversation with God.

The culture of the early church, as depicted in Acts, was drastically different from our current context. They lived in a time where prayer was woven into the daily fabric of life—a stark contrast to today's fast-paced, technology-driven society that rarely pauses for reflection or connection with God.

This difference in cultural contexts serves as a reminder of the transformational yet challenging call to be in conversation with God amidst daily tasks and projects.

Prayer was, and is, meant to be a living, breathing conversation with our King, not relegated to 'microwavable' moments - integrated into the very essence of our day-to-day existence.

Understanding prayer as a partnership with God throughout our active lives, rather than an isolated activity, can radically shift our approach.

It is about recognizing that God is not only interested in hearing from us when we have carefully curated words or specific requests but desires to be involved in the mundane, the ordinary, and the chaotic segments of our lives.

This partnership model challenges us to see prayer not as a one-way transaction or a vending machine approach but as an ongoing dialogue with our loving Father who is deeply interested in every aspect of our being.

So, how do we cultivate a life of persistent, constant prayer amidst the demands and distractions of the 21st century? It begins with a shift in perception—recognizing prayer as both a relational conversation with God and a partnership throughout our daily activities.

It involves holding on to prayer with intention and perseverance, even when it doesn't fit neatly into our schedules or immediate expectations.

It calls for a re-evaluation of our priorities, making room for God in the ordinary, and expecting Him to move in extraordinary ways through our continued dialogue with Him.

The early church's reliance on prayer wasn't a matter of convenience but conviction. They knew their mission required divine intervention, guidance, and empowerment.

As we reflect on their example, may we be inspired to hold on to constant, persistent prayer, embracing it not as a last resort but as the first step in our journey with God.

The way forward might not be microwavable, but the depth, strength, and closeness with God we gain through persistent prayer are infinitely more satisfying and transformative.


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