Prayer develops a deep sense of God’s presence; relieves us of burdens

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Devoted to Prayer – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:3-6

Key Verse: Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

I think it would be helpful to continue our discussion of being a devotee to prayer by painting a verbal picture of what that looks like.  When a Christ follower determines to develop this mindset, what is the goal?  Again, the goal must not be to gain a prideful status in our prayer disciplines.  The goal is to know more of God and carry fewer burdens in life.  Prayer does that—develops a deep sense of God’s presence and relieves us of our burdens.

The first characteristic of a person devoted to anything is consistency.  No one is going to call you a devoted football fan if you only watch football once a year!  You probably know a sports devotee.  If so, you know they are consistently looking for opportunities to watch or participate in their sport.  A person devoted to prayer is a person who has found a time and place each day to pray.  They are loyal to that time slot because they want an intimate relationship with God.  They want to cast all their cares on Him!

Another characteristic of a devotee is their thirst for more understanding of the object of their passion. I know some friends who are devoted to their golf game.  They are in constant search of how to improve their game.  They want to be the best golfer possible.  A person devoted to prayer reads and studies about prayer.  They want to be the best prayers possible in this life.

Father, open my eyes to deficiencies in my prayer life.  I want to grow in knowledge and understanding of being a prayer warrior!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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