Words from the Heart for Sunday September 5th, 2021
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
One travel blogger from the US shares her observations about her “neighbours to the north” in her online postings. She introduces one blog about her observations by stating “Having Canada as our northern neighbor feels like having a 3,000+ mile, warm, fuzzy blanket draped over the United States. I mean, sometimes it feels like having a an ice pack, but I’m speaking metaphorically. We share the longest undefended border in the world with our neighbors to the north.”
A friend of mine lives in Miami and she told me the other day that there had been two car jackings near her home. She lives in a fairly safe neighbourhood, so that was not common. I told her to be careful and she replied, “I’ve learned to be more aware of surroundings than most.” In a spiritual sense, the Bible calls the followers of Jesus to be watchful as well. In Colossians 4:2 the apostle Paul writes: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” We are called to be people of prayer. We get that. It is how we communicate with Jesus and hear Him speak into our lives. We are called to be thankful – that lifts our eyes above the circumstances in which we find ourselves every day. But I wonder how often we are watchful. Being watchful means staying alert when we pray – listening to God speak into our lives, not drifting off as we pray, which we are prone to do. Prayer is a dialogue and God wants to speak into our lives through His word and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit prompting us as we pray. Next time you pray, be watchful, be alert.
These have been words from the heart.