90 Days of Prayer – Day Fifty Five
“Be Devoted to Prayer”
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;”
Many benefits are derived from the lifestyle of united prayer. Here Paul encourages the Colossian Church to be devoted to prayer, being watchful, with an attitude of thanksgiving. This is God’s will for the Church in all ages concerning prayer.
To be “devoted” here means to “adhere firmly to,” “to persist in,” or remain devoted to.” This appears in the “present active” tense, which means a lifestyle of continued action. The Church is to be devoted to the lifestyle of regular prayer together as well as being devoted to praying privately.
Praying regularly as described in the passage above caused the Church to become an unstoppable force for good in society. Jesus said that the gates of hell itself could never stop the Church if it’s resting on the proper foundation. Keep this in mind, living and praying as God intended makes you a part of an invincible army equipped with an array of supernatural weapons.
In the heat of battle remember that God is with you and that in Christ the Church is unstoppable. Like all military personnel engaged in conflict being alert on the battlefield is imperative. Be watchful when you’re praying, follow your heart when you sense something the Holy Spirit might be saying. Following your conscience is the way to Spirit led praying.
The Holy Spirit is here to help you and guide you in your praying. The Church is equipped with Spiritual radar enabling us to see and to know things that others don’t. The Spirit will help you when you don’t know what to prayer for. He will show you what needs to be prayed about now, and He’ll alert you to things that are coming, so you can pray those things through before they happen.
Finally, have an attitude of thanksgiving because you already know that God is good to all and He loves to answer you when you pray. Faith grows faster with an attitude of gratitude. Recalling past victories and thanking God for them builds your confidence and fills you with great expectations for future blessings regardless of your current circumstances.
So, devote yourself to praying regularly, be alert, and follow Paul’s instructions found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” …And Be Encouraged. – JSP
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