Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4: 2 NIV
As the granddaughter of a Baptist pastor, I am no stranger to prayer. Countless times, I’ve listened to the petitions of old church mothers, nodded my head in agreement with the prayers of elders, and by the time I hit Kindergarten I had memorized a few prayers of my own.
These prayers, easy and memorable, were like praying with training wheels. They gave me the foundation I needed but would eventually prove insufficient to sustain me. It didn’t take long for me to realize I needed God… badly. So the training wheels came off and I began to learn what an honest conversation with God looked like. It was in this place of dependence on God that my prayer-life matured.
I believe this is why the apostle Paul says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful,” in Colossians 4: 2 (NIV). We are to cultivate the habit of communing with God until it becomes a natural part of our daily lives. Prayer is not a list of formalities and rules. Prayer is constant communication with God and is necessary to have a genuine and growing relationship with Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to cultivate a relationship with You through daily communion. Lord, please draw my heart closer to You when I am tempted not to prioritize prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
How might God be leading you to cultivate the spiritual discipline of prayer?
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