2024 Abide Fast Daily Devotionals

January 11 | Make Prayer A Habit, Part 1

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 

Habits are powerful things. We form our habits, and then our habits form us. This year, make it a habit to spend time with God in prayer each day. To be like Jesus we must pray regularly, for He often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Once you cultivate an awareness of God’s presence, you’ll prefer His company to that of anybody else. Shut off your TV, your computer, and your phone and you’ll make a wonderful discovery: In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalms 16:11).

John Wesley said, “I have so much to do that I must spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.” Martin Luther said, “Prayer is the most important thing in my life. If I should neglect prayer for a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.” The hymnist wrote, “Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer that calls me from a world of care. And bids me at my Father’s throne, make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief. And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.” When the disciples asked Jesus about prayer, He began by saying, “When you pray” (See Matthew 6:9-15). He assumed they’d have a regular time for prayer. Could He assume that about you?

Consider: Diagnose your prayer life on a scale of 1-10. What is your action plan to see it increase? Consider designating a daily time you pull away to pray. Schedule it into your daily routine and mark it on your calendar. 


City Central Prayer Room Hours

Monday – Thursday: noon prayer (no MLK day)
Wednesday nights: 6:30 PM
All Day Prayer: Saturday Jan 27th, 8 AM to 8 PM

Join us to pray in our Prayer Room at City Central Church in Tacoma, WA.