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"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving."
Colossians 4:2 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: So we should pray with our eyes open? I’m only kidding. The apostle Paul is writing to the church and providing some additional instructions. Most of Paul’s instructions are about being wise in our actions and our conduct. Devoting ourselves to prayer is another wise action as prayer is open communication and communion with God. Remaining alert as we pray encourages us to not only keep our eyes open for others who we can pray for, but keeping the spirit within us alert can allow us to see beyond what the human eye can see. One of the times we can see this modeled in the Bible is John 4, when Jesus has an interaction with the woman at the well. We know by other times in scripture that Jesus was in constant prayer and connection with the Father. Through prayer and spiritual awareness, Jesus was made aware of the details that he shared with the Samaritan woman. God can also make us aware of what someone might be going through in life so that we might pray for and encourage them.
Prayer for today: I pray that the Holy Spirit within us will awaken our souls and our hearts to see beyond, to what the Father desires for us to see. That we would be a people of prayer as well as sharing the gospel (great news) of Jesus Christ. I pray that as we learn more through a devoted prayer life, that we would become intercessors for others, praying on their behalf that they would come to know the love and hope of Christ.
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God’s grace on you…