The apostles valued consistency in prayer and study.
The early apostles regularly visited the Temple “at the times of prayer” (Acts 3:1). This shows they were following and valuing the Jewish prayer customs. Prayer customs are only developed by consistency in prayer.
Hidden inside the consistency in prayer and study, we find the apostle Paul revealing his individual prayer customs. “I speak in tongues more than all of you” (1 Corinthians 14:18). This shows the use of a private “prayer language” if you will. It’s a special language born from inside Paul and communicated directly with God through His Holy Spirit. It is as if Paul, instead of praying in English, Greek, or Hebrew, is praying in the language “God.” This direct communication is essential for the believer, and something each person should practice in their private time with God.
Paul also gives an example of his literary pursuits in his request to Timothy. “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13). Even while Paul was traveling, on missionary journeys, he placed priority and emphasis on his personal study time. In addition, it is not just Paul who places importance on study. You can witness the knowledge and experience in the Scriptures through Peter’s address to the church, James’ writings, and John’s epistle.
This is the end of our series on establishing a devotional habit. Here’s a quick review of the entire series. Develop consistency in the disciplines, and feel yourself grow closer to God.
- View your devotions as loving God directly and intimately.
- Gain inside information and affirmation from God.
- Set devotional objectives and plan to reach them.
- Equip yourself with the best Bible for devotional time.
- Refer to devotional aids and insights from others.
- Keep track of your life with God by journaling.
- Study – More than you feel like studying.
- Receive daily direction from God during devotions.
- Establish consistency in your devotional time.