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Devote Yourselves

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November 1, 2022

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


If I were to be truly honest with you, I don’t pray enough. I know I should. I know that there is sooo much to pray about, it’s not like there’s a shortage of things I could pray about. But I get busy. Bad excuse, I know it. I think one of the reasons that many of us don’t pray enough is that we don’t see an immediate reward for our prayers. There’s lots of waiting for results. 

Paul is reminding us in today’s verse that we need to devote ourselves to prayer. It shouldn’t be done just at meals, or special occasions. But praying should be like breathing – constant and unending. We should treat it like the most important thing we do today. 

Praying to God is a gift. We have the freedom to talk with God any time we want to. In Old Testament times, only the High Priests had the right to approach the holy of holies to ask for people’s forgiveness. But since Christ came into the world to save us from our sins, He restored our relationship with God and now we can talk to Him any time we want. 

Besides devoting ourselves to prayer, we also need to be watchful and thankful. Everything we have comes from God. We need to acknowledge that and be thanking God for the things we have.  Have you heard the saying, What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today. So let’s thank Him, daily, constantly, 

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