I recently purchased a Simon & Schuster book titled “Purpose for Everyday Living for Teachers.” It’s a small book, only 127 pages, but it manages to offer some great advice and an abundance of fantastic quotes by some amazing people. One of the quotes that really grabbed my attention was a comment by Mrs. Shirley Dobson, a remarkable woman whose accomplishments are too many to list in this commentary, but if you have the time, please look up all she’s done to advance the Kingdom of Heaven! Her quote which inspired this writing is: “The manifold rewards of a serious, consistent prayer life demonstrate clearly that time with our Lord should be our first priority.”
Now here is a woman respected for her education, her hard work, and her commitment to creating things that give glory to God. We must take her words to mean exactly what she wanted them to say. Mrs. Dobson is not a politician seeking votes. She is not a new author trying to impress others with gobbledygook doublespeak designed to trick readers in to believing she’s found some knew secret about the universe. She’s had plenty of success as an author, penning books on a wide variety of subjects. This quote clearly states that the first contact of our new day should be with the Lord. I also believe it quite firmly calls for our most important conversations throughout our day to be with the Lord. Whether we are reading the Holy Word, sitting in God’s house of worship, or praying at the dining table, we must remember that these conversations with God reap rewards that last a lifetime, and beyond.
The man who sees prayer as a fundamental part of his existence is more likely to live a focused life. Most self-help books, DVDs, and CDs tell people to make repeated affirmations throughout their day. These positive personal comments work because the people learning the programs consistently remind themselves that living life a certain way will result in a more joyful and focused life. Christians see prayer as a way to seek guidance, comfort, and energy from the Master of affirmations.
Mrs. Dobson clearly believes the rewards of a prayer manifest itself in the physical wellbeing of the individuals who practice daily prayers. Our first contact of the day should be with the Lord. Our biggest decisions should call for first contact with the Lord. Prayer is the way we make that contact, and it is the way we reap the rewards of a God concerned about everything we do.