February 6, 2021
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
I am a problem solver! When I am faced with a problem, my first instinct is to break it down and then come up with different solutions. Then, I systematically try things to resolve whatever the issue is. It is what I do – without fail. …Except yesterday.
Yesterday, my son had a computer issue. He was trying to button up some things with college applications and he was frazzled – as was I. Computers really aren’t my thing. I knew that I had nothing… no advice or tip to try that he hadn’t already tried. He was defeated and I felt helpless. But I took his hand and said, “Let’s pray. I know it sounds silly because we’re praying for your computer, but God says to pray about everything – so that’s what we’re going to do.” And we did. We prayed that God would unlock that password he needed and he would be able to do what he needed to do. Then we thanked God for answering us and for the plan He has for my son’s life. We had dinner, did homework and went to bed…and this morning… the password was reset and he was able to do what he needed.
When we pray, God moves on our behalf. Prayer must be the foundation of everything we do if we desire to see God move. It needs to be ingrained in our daily lives, becoming our first response and not the last thing we try after we have exhausted all of our own solutions. It must be firmly planted on Jesus and His word, a continual experience of God’s presence, and a devotion to His heart. So let us be watchful and thankful, and devote ourselves to pursuing His presence, and praying boldly in the small things and in the big things!
Colossians 4:2-3 instructs us to devote ourselves to prayer before anything else. How can this attitude help to prevent offenses before they happen?
What are some practical ways that you can be more “watchful and thankful” in prayer?