Cultivate the Discipline of Prayer - Beloved Women - March 11, 2019

Cultivate the Discipline of Prayer –Beloved Women – March 11, 2019

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Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. - Colossians 4: 2 NIV

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT

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.

PRAY

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.

REFLECT

How might God be leading you to cultivate the spiritual discipline of prayer?

CONNECT

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