Daily Reflections

Checking Your Prayer Pulse

April 24, 2021 Mary Kassian

Continue steadfastly in prayer. —Colossians 4:2

A few years ago, in front of a packed coliseum, a young hockey player collapsed when his heart stopped. Emergency personnel jumped in and administered CPR. This young man was resuscitated, but most people whose hearts stop aren’t as fortunate.

What’s equally tragic is those whose physical hearts are beating but who experience a spiritual cardiac death syndrome. On the outside they look fine, but inwardly their spirits are gasping for that last breath of life.

I believe that the state of a person’s prayer life is an indicator of their heart for God. A healthy prayer life is a sign of a healthy heart. A weak prayer life is a sign of a heart that’s faltering. When that’s the case, it’s a good idea to administer some “Prayer CPR”: Making a commitment to improve your prayer life; having a plan to set aside time to pray; and relying on God’s Word, as the more time you spend in His Word, the more effective your prayers will be.

CPR works best when it’s administered at the first sign of trouble. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Make it Personal

What steps can you take to make prayer a regular habit in your life?