Today you should read: Colossians 4:1-6
Prayer is our lifeline to God. He communicates to us through His Word, His Spirit, the church & His people, and through circumstances. We communicate back to Him through prayer. It is our direct line to the ear of our King. We have access to Him at all times and in all places. This is one of the most comforting things about being a Christian; the God who made us wants a genuine relationship with us. He’s not just transcendent, though His transcendence is a characteristic of His divine nature. He is also immanent, He is Immanuel: God with us.
Now for the sucker punch. How often do we take advantage of this reality?
We have UNLIMITED ACCESS to our God. He loves to hear and answer our prayers. But we are so stuck on ourselves and engulfed in what is often meaningless busyness that we rarely stop to talk to Him. And when we do, it’s in passing, maybe a few words of thanks at a meal. What if God offers more peace and joy and purpose through prayer? Are we missing out on something greater? I can only speak for myself, but I believe that answer is ‘yes’.
Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Paul is encouraging this young church to have an invested prayer life. Something that is genuine, deep-rooted, and sincere. The word “devote” gives us the idea of a commitment or pledge. But how do we develop this? And what do we pray for? Here are a few thoughts…
You eat an elephant one bite at a time, and you need not bite off more than you can chew. Start small and let it grow. If you don’t currently have a prayer life, start with 5 minutes in the morning or evening. Give it a shot for 30 days. Then increase the time. Be mindful of the natural rhythms of your schedule, and give God first place — your best, and most alert time.
While this passage talks about prayer, I know that it isn’t comprehensive about what to pray for. But Paul does give us a helpful place to start. He talks about thanksgiving (thankful heart), others’ needs, and the advancement of the gospel. Add praise to that short list as well as your own needs, and you are on your way. If you want more to think about in prayer, check out this article. It walks through all of the New Testament prayers.
What did God teach you through these few verses today? And, how can we pray for you today? CPC family, we love you and we would love to serve you in prayer.
Posted by: Todd Thomas