Devote yourselves to prayer…



Colossians 4: Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

This verse caught my attention today. The apostle Paul is giving instruction to the believers in Colossia and speaks here of prayer. To devote ourselves to prayer is to make it a high priority. In this way, prayer isn’t something to be done if we have time. It’s something to be done before anything else.

My wife Jana has pointed out to me recently that we’ve not been consistent in our prayers together. And she’s right. Though we pray together most days, it really needs to be EVERY day. It doesn’t take long for me to realize we have a great deal to pray about – good and bad. I’ll bet you do too.

A second thing that struck me from this verse is the idea we should “keep alert in (prayer) with thanksgiving”. Thanksgiving is the cousin of contentment and peace. When we give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives, it places our focus on things that are right rather than things that are wrong. And let’s face it, for many of us, our minds may tend to go first to life’s deficiencies rather than blessings.

So this morning I am committing to you and to God that I will devote myself to prayer today – with thanksgiving.

Lord, let it be so. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Devote yourselves to prayer…

  1. Reblogged this on Groovy Trails and commented:
    Pastor Ernie is not only my former pastor, but a man I consider my friend. He is always able to translate God’s word for me so that I can understand it. Today’s post was one of those that made me go “hmmm” because it is easy to pray and be thankful in sunshine and rainbows, but not always in the storms. And I have a few storms blowing around right now…

  2. Lyn Zastrow

    This has been a difficult thing for me. A few months ago I decided that my relationship with God needed to be stepped up. I was taking advantage His grace for me and I wanted to make sure that I pray at least 3 times a day. It should be easy to do as it is something that I can do before each meal, but I have caught my self on many occasions not praying when I should have.

    One of the prayers I will be lifting up today is a thank you for Pastor Ernie writing this blog. As dedicated as he is to writing it, I have been dedicated to reading it. It’s been an instrumental part of my faith journey almost since he started it. Praise God!

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