“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!