Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Colossians 4:2 (NLT)
It is hard to over emphasize the importance of prayer. That is why Paul models for the Colossians a deep sincere focused prayer life. He writes, “We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Prayer is essential to our Christian experience so Paul insists that we devote ourselves to prayer. This is a serious commitment, but like Jesus, Paul was not talking about a vain repetition of prayers or insincere ritualistic routine. No, he was asking that we be earnest with a Holy intent and focus. And then he adds that we need to pray with thanksgiving. This is the relational part of our prayers. To be thankful with God means that we truly acknowledge who He is and what He has done. Thankfulness kindles love in our hearts for God and allows us to receive the same from Him. So today, devote yourself to pray with a thankful heart, keeping alert and earnest in your conversation with Him.
Dear Father, how I need to pray. Forgive me for my lack of focus and thanksgiving. Help me as I devote myself to prayer, to stay alert and thankful developing a deep relationship with You.
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