June 25

JUNE 25
by Rick Mark

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2 NIV

Appeal #1:   Join St.Tim’s coffee hour by Zoom or phone (that is if it works with your schedule)

Appeal #2:  Devote yourselves to prayer

I look forward to my devotional time every day.  In fact, it often is the high point of my day.  It includes scripture reading, meditation and prayer.  To help keep me accountable, I use the bible app “You Version”.  The app tells me the number of days in a row I am using it and it tells me how many weeks in the year as well. 

In this time of sheltering in place, it encourages me because sometimes just starting to pray and meditate is the hardest part.  I was up to 137 days in a row and then I was hospitalized following the removal of kidney stones.  My prayer and devotional time did not stop but using the “You Version” app did temporarily.

Shortly after coming home from the hospital, I joined the St. Tim’s Zoom Coffee Hour.  One of the starter questions for the group gathered was do you pray more in challenging times or in good times.  The answers were mixed.  Some said “good times”, some responded “challenging times” and some answered “both”.  The critical issue was no said “I do not pray’’

I share with you a verse from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Paul is telling us how important it is to pray.  Devotion is a strong word.  We devote ourselves to our spouse, family and (sometimes even our jobs).  Paul reminds us in this verse how important it is to devote ourselves to having regular conversations with our God.  And as we pray, he instructs us to be both watchful and thankful in our prayer.  By doing these things we build our relationship with God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Read this letter from Paul to the Colossians and devote yourselves to daily prayer.  When you do, watch for God’s response and when you witness his active response, give thanks for his goodness and grace.

 


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