August 17, 2020
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
What does it mean to devote myself to prayer and be thankful for it?
I remember hearing of people who spend hours in prayer each day. That sounded crazy to me. How does anyone find so many situations or people in need of prayer? Who has that much time?
I have been blessed with more time recently and I find that I am devoting more and more time to prayer. I start with devotion and prayer first thing in the morning; then as I work, people come to mind and I say a quick prayer for each. Watching or hearing the unsettling and frustrating things in the news, I lift up my concerns to God.
It’s so important to pray for all our government leaders, both nationally and locally, as the Lord encourages us to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Also, it’s important to lift up our pastors and all the ministry leaders in our church who are dealing with new stresses and responsibilities. Then, of course, there are personal prayers for family members and friends. Using a prayer journal is helpful in keeping track.
I have a new understanding and appreciation for devoting myself to prayer. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to speak directly to our God. What an awesome privilege it is and available to all people.
Thank you Lord for this awesome experience of communicating with You. I pray we never take it for granted. Amen