I believe prayer is an action – that’s why I can talk about being devoted to prayer…

(Maybe you don’t or can’t understand my view about praying, and if so, perhaps you’d rather read this post. It’s about being kind.)

However, if prayer is an action you do or want to do – read on…

Devoted to Prayer

There’s a note in Colossians that I like because it talks about prayer in a way that’s more than an once-a-day rote experience:

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

Prayer is ongoing dialogue – it can express joy and sorrow and fears and overwhelm – at any time. All the time.

It’s a way to help, even when you’re far away, or there doesn’t seem like there’s any solution. How? It’s an action to engage the One who knows everything and has the power to do everything you can’t. Ask. Seek. Knock.

Prayer makes a difference – in your life and in others’ lives.

What you believe

shapes how you pray,

and what you pray

shapes you.

So – be thankful for the ability to pray.

Devote yourself to prayer. Watch and give thanks for all the good in your life. And experience how life unfolds… the good and bad will (eventually) have a purpose.

Also – be thankful for those who pray for you.

You may have an idea of those who pray for you, or maybe you have no clue… As an example, Rob’s parents used to walk around their neighborhood and pray for those who lived in the houses they passed. Those people had no idea they were being prayed for… And in case you’re wondering, I have (and will continue to) prayed for you – I pray for those who read what I write. I am thankful for you and want you to feel loved, and optimistic, and encouraged and filled with hope for your future… Yes. I’m thankful I can pray.

Devoted to Prayer - praying for others and thankful others pray for you. What you believe shapes how you pray and what you pray shapes you.

This is the 10th of 30 days of Thankfulness – here’s the original post. At the end of October 2020, there will be an entire document with all 30 of the prompts – so you can download it for free and journal about thankfulness at any time you’d like!