Are You Praying Like My Bad Boyfriend?

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“Devote yourselves to prayer….” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

I had a boyfriend who only enjoyed our time on the phone when he had something to say. When it was my turn to talk, he fell asleep. He also broke up with me around the time of my birthday so he didn’t have to buy me a gift, but he conveniently reunited with me around his birthday. Tell me, was he devoted to me?

Now, apply this same principle to prayer. Today’s Bible verse commands us to be devoted to prayer. What does that look like? Maybe it’s easier to say what it does not look like. It does not mean talking to God only when it’s convenient. Doing all the talking is also not a sign of devotion. “Breaking up”with prayer when God does not answer on our timetable is also a poor example of devoted life prayer. Falling asleep during prayer does not have to mean we lack devotion, but if we prayed throughout the day in a conversational way, snoozing might be easier to keep at bay.

Do you sense you may need to deepen your devotion to prayer? I sure do. Prayer is more than talking just to say we did it. It is speaking to the very God Who initiated the conversation with us, and Who loves to hear from us. Pray with love in your voice, pray throughout your day, and the devotion will be there!

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

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