Words from the Pastor – May 2016
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart”
Colossians 4:2 (NLT)
The closing comments in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians encourages them to be devoted to prayer. Do you pray outside of our Sunday worship service?
My own history with prayer is varied. There have been years of my life when I didn’t give God a second thought. Other times, I devoted upwards of an hour a day or more to prayer. How do you pray? We could learn a lot about prayer by just learning of the different methods people use. There is no correct way to do it. James writes that prayer is “powerful and effective.” To take full advantage of prayer, we just have to believe that it’s valuable and then do it regularly.
Prayer is so much more than asking for things and getting them (although God hears all our prayers). Prayer is a powerful means of personal spiritual development. It’s an opening up to God with the goal of having a bit of God rub off on ourselves.
Praying for others is also powerful and effective. God’s healing presence works in varied ways including making us more compassionate and supportive of those whom we pray for. Our prayers for people may lead us to reach out to them in some way.When someone asks you to pray for them or a friend, offer real prayers for them and follow up.
On our Sunday bulletin prayer list, it says, “Pray for our Pastor and congregation to take advantage of opportunities to engage those around us with the love of Christ.” I believe that are many of these opportunities waiting to happen for us. We just need to become aware of them. Praying this prayer often until it becomes part of our daily routine can help.
I hope you will jump on the prayer bandwagon for yourself if you have not already. Notice the difference it will make in your life and for our church.
You are invited to share your prayer with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and come together to “Focus on Prayer” the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary.