5/3: Pray

 

I have noticed that, for the most part, we don’t ask for prayer until we are desperate – at the end of our ropes. We try to do everything in our power to solve the problem, work out the issue, smooth over misunderstanding, and medicate the illness. When we finally decide there is nothing more we can do, we pray. That’s why when people ask me to pray for them, I take it seriously. They have come to the end of themselves and they are now rallying the troops to bombard Heaven with their desperate request.

I’m guilty too of being more self-sufficient than I should be. Paul tells the Colossians, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” Colossians 4:2 (NKJ). Instead of waiting until we’ve spun our wheels, lost sleep, and maybe even spent lots of money, why not just pray. If we “continue earnestly in prayer,” when troubles arise, we’ll already be in conversation with God. We can just keep talking with Him, turning our problems over to Him, and thanking Him even in advance of actually seeing the answers.

Try getting into the practice of praying about stuff first.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 4, 2013.

3 Responses to “5/3: Pray”

  1. I knew this one was serious by the title. Thank you for your reminder.

  2. Thank you very much.

  3. Talking about being a prayer warrior?! Huh!!!

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