Thursday, June 21, 2012

Prayer: A devoted + thankful heart

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
-Colossians 4:2, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

What do you think of when you hear someone is devoted to something?  I think of an ongoing passion, like the persistence of a trail runner as they run across easy and challenging trails.  

How can we be devoted to prayer?  In Colossians 4:2, I see how we can have a dedication to talking with God and thanking Him throughout the day.  As we pray with devotion, our focus is drawn to depend more and more on Him.

How are you thankful today?  I have been thinking how I am thankful for God’s patience with me and His love for the world.  He had the creativity to make the world, plus the love to send His Son, Jesus, to sacrifice for the people He created.  Even though we are not perfect, this Creator and Lord still loves us and wants to save us and to be our guide.  I am thankful that God wants a relationship with us and that He’s able to renew our hearts and minds.

Will you pray with me?  Lord, please help us devote ourselves to prayer with thankful hearts.  Please help us remember your love that doesn’t end.  Thank you for the incomparable power you have to transform us and the world.   

The above study is based on HeartCall: A Women Sharing God's Heart (Jaye Martin, 1999).
Photo from the San Francisco Chronicle, taken by Penni Gladstone (