Words from the Heart for Sunday September 4th, 2016
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Devoted to Prayer
How often do you pray? Is it just a passing moment? A quick “thanks” for a meal? Take a look at your prayer life. Where can you grow in prayer? When can you set aside some time to pray? Why not take this moment to thank God for the opportunity to grow in communion with Him.
Earlier this year, comedian, actor and bluegrass musician Steve Martin was the guest curator at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for an exhibition devoted to Canadian modernist Lawren Harris. The exhibition ran from March through June of this year. Martin, who is a passionate arts patron and collector, was on hand for a preview of the exhibition, and he discussed Harris’ work at the March 12th public opening of the show. Thirty Harris paintings were on display, including landscapes of the northern shores of Lake Superior, the icy waters of the eastern Arctic and snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks. Martin says Harris deserves international acclaim for reaching “another level of the metaphysics of landscape.” A member of Canada’s famous Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian style of painting, Harris died in 1970 at the age of 85.
Each of us devoted to something. The devotion can be to good things like family and helping others or a hobby. Or it can be negative – people are devoted to selfish ambition or vices or addictive behavior. The Bible calls us to devotion to the things of the Lord and in Colossians 4:2 Paul writes “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” The people of God are called to a singular devotion to what God calls us to be and do. We are called to the spiritual disciplines so that we might become fully mature followers of Jesus Christ. One of the most important of the spiritual disciplines is prayer and we are called to devote ourselves to it. That means prayer must be central to our lives and a part of our daily walk with Christ. When it is, we become more aware of the spiritual battle around us and we become watchful. We also become more aware of all the blessings that the Lord has poured out upon us and we naturally become more thankful. It is impossible to be a person devoted to prayer and not become more aware of the reality of the spiritual realm. It is impossible to be a person devoted to prayer and not be thankful. Try this. For one week devote yourself to prayer. Take time to pray regularly. Get a list of prayer requests and a journal and keep track. You will become more watchful and thankful.
These have been words from the heart.