Devoted To Prayer

devoted to prayer“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." - Colossians 4:2 Be honest. How committed to prayer are you? When the apostle Paul admonishes us to “pray without ceasing” it can be intimidating (1Thessalonians 5:17). “I can hardly pray for 15 minutes, “ a friend lamented to me, “much less ALL the time.”

Devoting ourselves to prayer hardly implies an occasional, quick request shot up to heaven in a moment of desperation (although that needs to happen too). According to Scripture, we are to spend serious, sincere time in prayer on a continual basis. How?

The Quaker Thomas Kelly, in his “Testament of Devotion” wrote, “There is a way of ordering our mental lives on more than one level at once. On one level we can be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, and meeting all the demands of external affairs.  But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship, and a gentle receptiveness to divine breathings.”

We can be about our business, working, cleaning house, running errands, tending to family, taking care of all the “external affairs.” And at the same time, we can be speaking to God, asking Him to bless the people around us, yielding decisions and actions to Him as we ask for His will to be done.

“Be watchful and thankful,” says the rest of today’s verse. 

As you go about your daily business, as you pull the clothes out of the dryer or turn the corner at a busy intersection, watch for God at work, in people, in circumstances, in your heart.

And thank Him for the blessings in your life. 

For the clothes you wear, the people in your care, for your job; be thankful that in a difficult moment, you can look up and see clouds or blue sky, or a silky night adorned with stars. Thank Him for your daily breath, for giving you life. As you face each task, chore, or duty, turn your thoughts toward Him, asking for His strength, His will, and His love for other people, and you will find yourself in a constant state of prayer.

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people).” —Ephesians 6:18 (Amplified)

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