21st June 2011

The Habit Of Prayer

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

For many, prayer is behind closed doors for set periods of time each day and although there is nothing at all wrong with this, it often means that is the only communication with God.  An attitude of “I’ve got my prayer in today” can prevail.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Colossae he didn’t just say be sure to get your prayer in.  In the same breath he mentioned two other connected things to do; watch and be thankful.

These two items suggest that prayer occurs not just on our knees behind closed doors.  They suggest a prayerful awareness in our daily living.  As we go about our daily activities there are numerous occasions, as we watch life, to pray about what we see and occasions to be deeply grateful.

When we consider that God dwells in us and we in him, it seems inadequate to just devote one period of time to communicate with Him.  God is the supreme communicator, talking to us in all of his creation.  All creation declares the glory of God, and none so much as we ourselves being fearfully and wonderfully made, who have this unique ability to talk to God.

As we engage God in our daily life we build a much more intimate relationship with Him.  Because God is in and through all of His creation we can talk to Him about all that is going on around us, seeking His mind on all the activities of our day, as we are watchful and thankful.

Father in heaven, welcome into my life, come share in my activities as I watchfully and thankfully make my way through this day.

Study by David Stirk

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