The past few years I have tried to find a passage of scripture that I would like to put in to practice as a resolution for the year. Last year's post talked about wanting God's word to be the most read book and to work on memorizing more verses. I don't know if I accomplished the first part, but memorizing scripture has been fun and good for strengthening my brain. This year I was thinking about what needs to be better in my life and I picked a passage which fits our circumstances at the moment. Colossians 4:2-6 "Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful, and pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Today I just want to look at the verses 2-4.
Sometimes we get busy and certain disciplines get neglected. For me, it has been prayer. It has been hard for me to be consistent on a daily basis. I am also aware that I need to pray now more than ever. Devoting myself to prayer will be challenging but the rewards for God's kingdom will be great. Practically I am setting aside a few minutes each day when I can pray scripture and intercede for my family and friends and the issues around me. It means when a person comes to my mind that I lift them up to the Father. It also means committing each day and plan to what God wants me to do. It will only be through prayer that I will be able to tell God's message. It will only be with God's help and prodding that I can be consistent in this endeavor.
Dear Father, Thank you that we can speak directly to you in prayer. Thank you that you hear us when we pray. May I be watchful in ways that I can pray. May I never forget to live a life where I give thanks to you in all things. God I am weak. Help me to be strong through the power you give us when we but ask. May I be a faithful friend as I intercede for those near and far from me. May you be glorified in all things. May your kingdom come. In Jesus name, Amen