Forty Days of Prayer March 19

What are you devoted to?  People in our world get devoted to many things.  Some have sports teams that draw their time and energy. A true fan will continue even when the team suffers with losing seasons for years.  When I lived in Chicago, Cubs fans used to revel in the fact of how they loved them even when they were bad, and that was quite often.  A reading I have chosen this morning asks us to be devoted to prayer and to hold onto prayer no matter what.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.  Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Colossians 4:2-5)

The word translated “devote” literally means to hold onto or to be faithful no matter what may happen.  We often think of doing that with God but this verse asks us to be faithful and persevere in prayer.  One goal of mine in this season of payer is to help all of us pray more.  I include myself in that goal and purpose.  I remember one author who called prayer the breath of the soul.  For your soul to be healthy and have the energy it needs to function it needs to breath, or we can also say it needs to pray.  I do think that quite often we are not filled with the energy and power of the Spirit because we are not praying. 

I also like how Paul links prayer here with being “watchful and thankful.”  Being watchful is taking in everything in life and bringing it to God.  Prayer is something that is always in the here and now.  Prayer changes because we have varying situations that we confront in life.  Some days prayers are filled with joy and excitement because that is where we are in life.  Other days we can feel like we are in a pit with no possible escape.  That is where we need to remember to be thankful.  Prayers of thanks remind us of what God has done and is doing in the present.  Giving thanks also looks to the future because God’s promises and gifts last forever.

In Christ’s Service,  Pastor Dave

Lord, help me to devote myself to prayer.  Sometimes I make excuses and do not pray because I get too busy and sometimes I just don’t feel like praying.   Thank you that you are devoted to me in Your Son Jesus and help me to always pray. Amen.

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