It happens to all of us. We forget to do certain things that should be regular habits. For most things, it really is not a big deal. It is not a big deal that I have not tweeted for a couple of days. It is not a big deal that I have neglected my blog for a few days. The world will continue without my input.
However, there are other "disciplines" that are important and should not be forgotten. Again, it happens to all of us. We forget to read from our Bibles. We find ourselves going longer and longer between prayer times. And while it is not a big deal to forget to tweet, it is a big deal to forget to pray. Paul challenges us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Some have balked at this challenge because they do not fully understand what Paul means. He is not suggesting that we stay in a perpetual posture of prayer, such as closing our eyes and folding our hands. Just imaging all of the odd stares we would get in Wal-Mart if we bowed in prayer between each aisle.
No, what Paul is describing here a perpetual state of prayer. As people of faith, we must be prayerful people. I always advise those I am mentoring or teaching to pray when they drive. However they must keep their eyes open! We can pay silently in our minds. We can listen to prayers on the radio or on our iPods. We can pray "breathe prayers" throughout the day. When it comes to praying continuously, we really do not have an excuse. So, make sure that the next time you forget something, make sure that it is to tweet instead of to pray.