It is a generally accepted truism in most human performance activities, like sports, that you only play as good as you practice. Time spent with the instrument, getting each note right, time spent with the coach, mastering each skill until it becomes second nature is what will allow you to perform when the lights are bright and the pressure of the performance rises. While you may perform adequately on previous practices for a short while, it will show in the long run. You will only get out what you put in.
Your walk with me is so similar. The time spent in prayer, listening, fasting, reading my word and just being in my presence is your practice for living in this world. When you face the challenges of a sinful world and you have walked with me on a consistent basis, it is so much easier to act like a citizen of my kingdom. I will not say that you do not feel the pressure or face an onslaught of your opponent, but when you have put in the time with me, you have the depth in your spirit to face what comes. Likewise, when you halfheartedly acknowledge me and only set aside a few minutes of worship on a Sunday, you will fail to live a life that resembles my son. Yes, I will forgive you, but you will not go forward in your walk with me without putting in the time it takes.
Desiring daily to walk with you, I AM
Verses for consideration: Psalms 68:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Luke 5:16