Praying Every Day

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
 
Fifty-six years ago on February 1, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 250 activists to the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote. Despite their peaceful protesting, their collective demonstration of democracy was abruptly halted, and they were arrested. Being arrested was nothing new; it often happened during the Civil Rights Movement. Yet, what made this day and these arrests worthy of history was a photograph taken immediately before their protest and subsequent arrests.  
 
A picture was taken of Dr. King kneeling in prayer as others followed suit. Years later a historian, after looking at the photo, interviewed one of the people there and asked whether or not that was a pivotal point in the Movement for them. The person replied "the photo was the first time someone captured us praying, but not the first time we prayed. Prayer was a part of our normal routine. It’s what we did before, during, and after we marched.”
 
What an amazing statement. “The photo was the first time someone captured us praying, but not the first time we prayed.” This is a wonderful example of how we should be living our lives as followers of Jesus. Whether people see us praying or not, whether they hear our prayers or not, prayer should be a part of our normal, daily routine. We should make it a habit to spend time talking to the Lord each day, not because we want other people to think we’re holy and spiritual, but because we see the value of prayer and want to experience the intimacy with our heavenly Father that comes with prayer.  
 
Do you find yourself praying only when others are watching or listening? Or do you pray every single day as a part of your normal routine? If prayer is not a routine thing for you, I hope that you will start today, making prayer a priority and spending time talking to your Father in heaven every single day He blesses you with.
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