Pastor's Thoughts - November 2020
“Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving,” (Colossians 4:2, Amplified Version)
Prayer is something we know that we should do regularly, but for many it is something we tend to struggle doing. Prayer involves more than saying grace before meals or praying before we go to sleep at night. We should pray at all times. This doesn’t mean we should literally be reciting a prayer, but rather have a mindset of prayer.
We are encouraged to be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused. We are engaged on ongoing spiritual warfare and the enemy certainly wants us to be distracted in our prayer lives. He knows that prayer keeps us in communion with our Savior and if he can interrupt that communion, he will have succeeded in preventing us from receiving the spiritual nurture we need to stay strong as we are engaged in spiritual warfare.
In distracting us, the enemy keeps us from “focused praying.” Rather than being specific in what we are praying for, we tend to offer up a general prayer without ever mentioning what specifically we are praying about. We end up missing the target every time. So, in praying, be specific. Be sure to tell God what it is you’re praying about.
We are also encouraged to pray with an attitude of thanksgiving. We can be thankful in that we have the Lord we can take our concerns to and know that He hears our prayers. We can be thankful that God has answered past prayers and rejoice in that He is faithful and always looks out for His children. We can be thankful that we have as part of our spiritual arsenal, the weapon of prayer.
Pray anywhere and at all times. Prayer still works.