Prayer is at the heart of transformation.
After Christ ascended, the disciples left the Mount of Olives and went home. What was the first thing they did? They prayed. They gathered and prayed for days. When their lives were radically upended, they knew what to do. They did not rely on their talents, or intelligence, or personal opinions, but on God. And so they prayed, constantly and continuously. They asked for direction, protection, wisdom and help. And, God quickly answered. Our current situation requires this kind of constant prayer. But the problem is, I’ve never prayed that way. I have prayed morning prayers, quick prayers, even urgent prayers. But, I have never prayed day, after day, after day. So, how do I begin? Just begin. It will be slow; it will be hard; and it will never be continuous. But even in my imperfect and sporadic attempts, God will work. He will use my limited, simple petitions for his good and glory. And probably, most likely, he will be transforming me. Helping me to change one prayer at-a-time.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.