How to pray

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Colossians 4:2.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18-19, and Colossians 4.

This nice short verse really spells out how praying works.

I need to be committed to praying.  There needs to be a set time per day when I will be praying.  The next level is spontaneous praying.  As something happens I pray IMMEDIATELY about it and possibly with someone else.  The amount of my spontaneous praying reveals my closeness to God.

I need to be tuned in to what is going on.  That would mean that my prayers need to be specific.  If I am still in the “Bless my family,” zone, I am not being watchful.  Granted, there are some things we lack specifics about.  In most cases, our lack of specifics is from our ungodly disinterest.

We can’t pray without being thankful.  We have been given everything.  The verse telling us to “pray without ceasing” could well be in Scripture to remind us that we have more than enough to be thankful for to fill up “endless” praying.

“Lord, I love You.  Forgive me for praying with ceasing.  Help me to be more watchful, more specific, and more thankful.  You are great. Your praise should ever be on my lips.  I love You.  Thank You, Lord, for dying for my sins.  For giving me a new life.  Help me to live/pray accordingly.”

We must pray without ceasing.

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