Developing a prayer life is important as you go through seminary life. It is important because of the busyness of your schedule, to prepare you for future ministry, and to equip you lead your family.
One of the reasons why you want to develop a prayer life in seminary is because of the busyness of the semester. There is so much reading that you will have to do it is important to have a prayer life that is growing and developing. It is essential that God is changing your heart knowledge not just your head knowledge. If we are going into ministry, we have to make sure that we have a growing faith and that we are not stagnant in our walk with God. A growing prayer life in seminary is evident of a mature Christian.
The second main reason to develop a prayer life in seminary is to prepare you for future ministry. In ministry, you are going to have to balance many different things on a tight schedule. That is why it is important to have a consistent prayer life. Also, if our prayer life is not growing then our witness to our non believers and those in the church will not be as strong. When our prayer life is growing, then consequentially our faith is growing.
The third main reason to develop a strong prayer life is important in training your family. God may call you to get married one day, when that day comes you need to be prepared to lead your life in prayer. Prayer should be an essential building block of your marriage. Also, it is important that you are able to teach your kids how to pray and model a life of godly character to them. When we pray with our kids it models how to surrender and abide in Christ daily.
Lastly, developing a prayer life in seminary aligns us with where God wants us to go. When we develop a prayer life in seminary, we can feel God’s guiding to where he wants us to serve and who he wants us to serve. If our prayer life is growing, then we will be able to see and hear the Holy Spirit’s leading and guidance in our lives. Our prayer life will show if we are abiding in Christ or not abiding in Christ. The definition of abiding in Christ means that we are in God’s presence daily, surrendering situations to God.
Developing a prayer life is important for ministry, it guides us, it trains our future family, and helps balance our schedule. When we dedicate ourselves to our prayer life then it will produce fruit in our lives and growth in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Lastly, a growing prayer life in seminary is essential for a maturing believer in Jesus Christ. It is evident of God’s growth in us and his conforming process in our lives. A prayer life is important for all that are going into ministry.
By Luke Urban. Luke attends Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He graduated from TCU in 2010 and loves all things Fort Worth. He is studying to go into student ministry.