I am currently reading, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg. In the book, Duhigg talks about keystone habits. Things that we do habitually that can have a significant impact on other aspects of our lives. It got me thinking of my attempts at positive habit formation, especially with relation to daily bible reading and prayer. I believe that one habit, practiced consistently, has the power to set my entire day in alignment with God.
I first attempted to begin this habit in 2005. At the time, I was attending church at Calvary Chapel, Old Bridge. Pastor Lloyd Pulley challenged the congregation to read the New Testament in one year. It was a challenging year, but looking back I can see God’s hand at work. I never finished the New Testament. I got to about August or September, then lost my copy.
Then in 2009, when my marriage was falling apart, my friend suggested reading Proverbs. “Whenever I feel like I need to read the Bible, I just turn to the chapter of Proverbs that correlates to whatever day it is. So if it is the 9th of the month, I read chapter 9,” she said. I have since read Proverbs at least 10 times. I don’t read it everyday, but over the past five years, I have found myself going back to it as a place to find nuggets of wisdom.
Jesus had this habit of prayer. There are numerous references to Jesus’s habit: Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Luke 3:21, Luke 6:12, Luke 9:28, Luke 9:29 and Luke 5:16 “he continued his habit of retiring to deserted places and praying.” I already know the reward of prayers prayed is prayers answered, so I will make a concerted effort to solidify this habit into my daily life. If you are praying for a miracle in your life, start by adding daily prayer to your life, then start expecting the miracle.
Now I pray as Christ has taught us:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,