Devoted to Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2 NLT

As people of faith we all want to live a life that pleases God. We follow the rules and regulations set by our religious organizations and do the things we think are necessary to live a life that pleases God.

One important component in living a life that pleases God is prayer. Prayer is our conversation with God. In prayer you have the opportunity to walk in relationship with Him. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence].” So what does it mean to seek God?

Well, seeking expresses a desire to find something, somewhat like the woman in Luke18:8 who lost her coin. She had ten pieces of silver and she lost one. She did not continue with her daily activities; instead she got out her lamp and broom and began a careful search of her house. She stayed on task until she found it. She had a desire to find the coin and she did not let anything stand in her way. That is the way to seek the Lord in prayer.

Prayer requires an alert mind. This means you have to be watchful. When Jesus found His disciples sleeping in Matthew 26:41, He told them, ”Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation.” An alert mind is essential when you pray. Prayer also requires a thankful heart. 1 Chronicles 16:8 says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” In other words, while in prayer, even before you get the answer, give God thanks. Prayer is an essential component of a life of faith.  A thankful heart is grateful and appreciates what God has done.  In prayer seek God, be alert and thankful.

Thought for Today:  Be alert and thankful in prayer

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory. 

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