Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful….(Col. 4:2).
I’ve wrestled with the whole concept of prayer. Like being in the middle of a dream, truths about prayer echo in and out of my subconscious mingled with my own frail human understanding–or trying to understand. Lies of this world disguise themselves as truth complicating what used to be so simple. Unanswered petitions threatened my faith. I say all this to proclaim a recent epiphany:
[tweetability]Prayer is complicated when we make it that way.[/tweetability]
I want to go back to the simple basics.
1. We are commanded to pray.
2. We are to be devoted to prayer.
3. We are to be watchful or expectant.
4. We are to be thankful.
I’m trying something new based on Col. 4:2 (above). For the next 30 days I’m going to purposefully and deliberately pray with expectation and thankfulness. After I give Him my petition, I’m going to thank him for answering my plea.
I know some of you reading this are prayer giants who need no such help. But for those of you who also struggle with prayer, would you take this 30 day challenge with me?
Tomorrow is April 1st, so the challenge will end Wednesday, April 30.
Do you struggle with prayer? Has an unanswered prayer injured your faith? Leave a comment below. I would love to pray for you as we do this challenge together.
Bite of Bread
Pour your coffee, grab your journal. Spend 5 minutes with the Word. How has spending time in Scripture daily helped you?