If you’ve ever watched any crime drama for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard the detectives mention the perp’s M.O., which stands for “modus operandi” which translates to method or mode of operation. These criminals have particular patterns and habits that they come to be known by. Their M.O. is their signature, their way of life, the marker that distinguishes them from others.
What is your M.O.?
When I ask myself this question, I have many answers:
Doing things slowly and strategically.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t consider “praying” as part of my M.O.; it’s not my signature. I have gotten better about it and have grown a lot in this area, however, it’s still not my predominant way of living. I know people who are prayer warriors who are intentional about making sure every decision based on prayer. These are faithful and amazing people who inspire me to seek the Lord in everything, every day.
“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”
Luke 2:36-37 (NIV)
Anna wasn’t playing around when it came to prayer, she was devoted, it was her way of life. Think about that for a moment, 2,000+ years later we still know who she is all because she was faithful and devoted to praying and worshiping at the temple of God. Her devotion endures as an example to us though she’s been dead for many years.
If you’re single, this is a perfect example of an amazing way to use your season of singleness. Though I’m sure Anna went through periods of time when she missed the companionship her husband brought, I’m equally sure that she was happy and content as she sought the Lord with her entire being. If you’re single right now, you’ve been granted an amazing opportunity to go after God in a way you might not always be able to. For more on this, listen to this message, Bad Advice: Life Begins When You’re Married.
Whether you’re married or not, prayer should permeate our lives, it should impact everything we do and every decision we make (tweet this}. Now, I know that we’ll always fail at this, but it’s something we can constantly be working toward. Living a life of prayer is part of that sanctification process as we come to look more and more like Jesus.
If, like me, prayer isn’t your M.O., I encourage you to identify specific ways you can infuse prayer into your daily life and then begin to do those things. Let’s choose every day to make prayer a way of life instead of merely an afterthought.
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